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Denver & Rio Grande Hanging Bridge

General Information

Completion: 1879
Status: in use

Project Type

Structure: Plate girder bridge
Function / usage: Railroad (railway) bridge
Material: Steel bridge

Location

Location: , , ,
Along:
  • Arkansas River
Coordinates: 38° 27' 45.88" N    105° 19' 39.91" W
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Technical Information

Dimensions

total length 53.4 m

Cost

cost of construction United States dollar 11 759.00

Materials

deck steel

Notes

The bridge is suspended above the water paralleling the Arkansas River through an area where both the canyon and the river are only 30 feet wide. Sheer cliffs rise 1050 feet straight up above the water on either side of the river. The bridge is anchored to the north rock wall of the gorge. The A-Frame girders are anchored to both cliff walls with the steel railroad bridge suspended from these girders along the river.

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Participants

Current owner
Initial construction
Owner

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  • About this
    data sheet
  • Structure-ID
    20016517
  • Date created
    07/06/2005
  • Last Update
    05/02/2016