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1923 Rio Puerco Bridge

U.S. Hwy. 191 Sanders, AZ

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The 1923 Sanders bridge crossed the Rio Puerco River as part of the National Old Trails Highway and then Route 66 traffic from 1926-31. This bridge has a timber deck and steel structure using a pair of pony trusses to span 190 feet. Like the 1923 Allentown bridge it had a pretty narrow roadbed, just under 15 feet in this case. Just for kicks on 66, here's a peek back in time, this bridge had a total cost of $15,005.00.

This bridge is located south of I-40, at exit 339 on US 191.

GPS: 35.21294, -109.33033

x Large piles of sand block the bridge at each end. The Pony Trusses are better seen in this photo. The bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

Photo(s): 2012



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xDid You Know: Many parts of the old 4 lane Route 66 were reverted to a 2 lane road after 66 was realigned to the interstate. In many places the abandoned lanes are still there.