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Pinto Creek Bridge


Pinto Creek Bridge

Looking East

Photo taken by Royce and Bobette Haley in August 2014


BH Photo #296602

Street View 


Implosion Oct. 27, 2021

Arizona DOT

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AZDOT blog on bridge's replacement and demolition:



Steel arch bridge over Pinto Creek on US 60
Gila County, Arizona
Replaced by a new bridge
Future prospects
Replacement work begun October 2019, slated for completion late 2021, including demolition of old span after completion of replacement. Old span imploded Oct. 27, 2021.
Built 1949, replaced and demolished 2021
- Fisher Contracting Co.
- Ralph Hoffman (Designer)
Steel two-hinge girder-ribbed deck arch
Total length: 636.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.36167, -110.95500   (decimal degrees)
33°21'42" N, 110°57'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
12/504186/3691383 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pinal Ranch
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
AZ 351 (Arizona bridge number)
BH 10719 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 26.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 10, 2021: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge demolished 10-27-2021; video added; blogpost added
  • April 19, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • October 7, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Replacement construction begun
  • April 2, 2015: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Doomed"
  • October 1, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • June 21, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth



Pinto Creek Bridge
Posted November 10, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Haven't given one of these out in a while. And it's probably a first for Arizona so...

Todd Baslee photo

Pinto Creek Bridge
Posted November 10, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Agreed Nathan! I would much rather be driving through the desert and see a beautiful arch bridge... as opposed to a bunch of rocks, dirt and cacti.

Pinto Creek Bridge
Posted November 10, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Its ridiculous that a historic bridge that was still carrying heavy traffic prior to replacement cannot be left standing next to its replacement for pedestrian use (or even just for viewing). Its in the middle of a DESERT!!!! Its not like its in the way of anything!!!! And its not like it was going to deteriorate quickly in such a dry environment.

Pinto Creek Bridge
Posted October 31, 2021, by Bobby Patricca (BPATRICCA28 [at] GMAIL [dot] COM)

As of this past week, the bridge is officially down. From what I've heard though, it took two shots to bring her down! Old girl was a bit stubborn! New bridge is fully open, but definitely doesn't have the same "elegance" as the old one. Within the next couple years, the Superior bridge will be replaced as well, most likely with another big boring concrete Phoenix freeway-style monstrosity.

Pinto Creek Bridge
Posted September 10, 2019, by Shawn Patrick (merc [at] mail [dot] com)
Pinto Creek Bridge
Posted September 10, 2019, by Shawn Patrick (merc [at] mail [dot] com)

Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has begun construction on a new bridge which, when completed in late 2020, will replace the existing Pinto Creek Bridge. The existing structure will be demolished without contaminating the environment once the new structure opens.

Pinto Creek Bridge
Posted March 28, 2018, by Glenn Steffen (gwsteffen [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Happened to cross this bridge on 03/26/18. Stopped to take a look at it and walked over to see the plaque. Structure won an AISC prize back in the late 40s. I see there are plans to replace this structure; unlikely a new span will have the elegance of this one. There's another one like it further west on US 60 on the downhill run into Superior.

Pinto Creek Bridge
Posted April 2, 2015, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

AZDOT has announced plans to replace this bridge. http://azdot.gov/docs/default-source/planning/2016-2020-tent... Page 51.