Rio Grande Gorge Bridge


Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Infobox_nrhp | name =Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
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nearest_city= Taos, NM
lat_degrees = 36 | lat_minutes = 28 | lat_seconds = 34.46 | lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 105 | long_minutes = 43 | long_seconds = 56.14 | long_direction = W
area =
built =1965
architect= Charles E. Reed, Chief Bridge Engineer; Herman Tachau, Principal Designer
architecture= Other
added = July 15, 1997
governing_body = State
mpsub=Historic Highway Bridges of New Mexico MPS
refnum=97000733 cite web|url=http://www.nr.nps.gov/|title=National Register Information System|date=2007-01-23|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]

The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is a cantilever truss bridge across the Rio Grande Gorge convert|10|mi|km northwest of Taos, New Mexico, United States. At convert|650|ft|m above the Rio Grande, it is the third highest bridge in the United States, after the Royal Gorge Bridge (1053 ft) over the Arkansas river in Colorado and the New River Gorge Bridge (876 ft) over the New River in West Virginia.Fact|date=May 2008 The span is convert|1280|ft|m: two convert|300|ft|m|sing=on-long approach spans with a convert|600|ft|m|sing=on-long main center span. The bridge was dedicated on September 10, 1965 and is a part of U.S. Route 64, a major east-west road.

In 1966 the American Institute of Steel Construction awarded the bridge "Most Beautiful Steel Bridge" in the "Long Span" category. The bridge has appeared in several films, including "Natural Born Killers", "Twins", "She's Having a Baby" and "Wild Hogs".

The bridge has been the site of several suicides. [ [http://www.taosdaily.com/index.php?fuseaction=home.viewarticle&article_id=2338 Catalogue of Tears, Part 2] ]

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