This bridge is an extremely unusual structure that was designed as a flume to carry irrigation water over the river like an aqueduct. The bridge is an unaltered structure that was designed and constructed for this purpose. The bridge is uniquely configured to accomodate this usage as well as to accomodate the terrain. The northern end features a buried pipe that rises out of the ground and crosses the bridge, exiting at the south end as an open canal, with no notable change in elevation at that end. The truss itself is designed to accomodate the terrain and as such at the north end features a bedstead-like design with vertical end posts that extend below the bottom chord and enter caissons. At the south end, where the ground is higher, the bottom chord rises up in the last panel to meet the vertical endpost, which rests on natural rock.
This bridge is historically and technologically significant for its unusual function as a flume and for its unusual half-bedstead design. This is a unique bridge.
This bridge is next to a historic highway bridge. Both of these bridges are rare examples of pin-connected truss construction in New Mexico.
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