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Rio Hondo Bridge

NM-395 Bridge

Rio Hondo Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nels Raynor, Bach Steel

Bridge Documented: September 29, 2017 and October 2017

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
NM-395 (Alamo Canyon Road) Over Rio Hondo
Location
Rural: Lincoln County, New Mexico: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1927 By Builder/Contractor: Virginia Bridge and Iron Company of Roanoke, Virginia

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2017
Main Span Length
140 Feet (42.7 Meters)
Structure Length
145 Feet (44.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
19 Feet (5.79 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
5272

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is a rare surviving state-design highway truss bridge in New Mexico.

This bridge was originally built in 1927 for US Route 66 near Montoya, Quay County, NM, over Arroyo Laguna (estimated location is 35.092781, -104.077217) as part of "New Mexico Project 76." Replaced by steel beam bridge in 1951. Truss bridge was dismantled and relocated to its current location in 1953. Current bridge is on State Historic Register, File #744 (Listed 8/24/1979)

In 2017, in response to severe damage to the lower portions of the sway and portal bracing of the bridge after an over-height truck attempted to cross the bridge, New Mexico subcontracted Bach Steel to perform an in-kind restoration of the bridge including the use of genuine hot-driven rivets used to create replica beams (including shop-riveted v-lacing) which were field riveted to the bridge.

 

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