Thursday, April 14, 2011

THE Trip, Roosevelt Lake, The Route 188 Bridge

Copyright 2011, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

What with a bit of Internet snooping I discovered that vehicle traffic used to use the top of the Roosevelt Dam to get from one side to the other.  Before the Dam was modified (between 1989 and 1996) a new bridge had to be constructed.  The cost of construction was a bit over $21 million.  It is the longest 2 lane, single span, steel arch bridge in North America.  It is 1,080 feet long.  I think it is a work of art as well:

(Please click on this panoramic photo to see in a larger view.)
Obviously I am not the only one who thinks it is rather special, as this bridge was voted one of the top 12 outstanding bridges in the nation in November of 1995.




Dorene from Ohio said...

Beautiful photos of the bridge!!

Susan (Nolichucky Roots) said...

Agreed. Outstanding.

Greta Koehl said...

You are right - it is truly gorgeous. I've taken up a real interest in bridges, especially since we came across the neat footbridge in Greenville. (My husband, being from Brooklyn, is of course a real hardcore bridge geek.)