Rating:
3 votes

Diamondback Bridge

Photos 

Diamondback Bridge entrance

Snake head northern entrance

Photo taken by Chris Patriarca in May 2006

BH Photo #194439

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Girder bridge over East Broadway Boulevard on Pedestrian traffic
Location
Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Opened to the public on May 23, 2002, this pedestrian bridge resembles a diamondback rattlesnake.
Builders
- Hunter Contracting Co. of Gilbert, Arizona
- T.Y. Lin International of San Francisco, California (Structural Engineers)
Design
The bridge features a 28-foot high snake head at the northern approach and a 20-foot high tail that is equipped with a 300-pound fiberglass rattle at the southern approach. Sensors along the bridge trigger the rattle to make noise. The circular tube-steel framing and expanded metal fencing along its entire length is painted with diamond shapes similar to those found on a diamondback rattlesnake.
Dimensions
Total length: 280.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.0 ft.
Also called
Diamondback Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge
Snake Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.22123, -110.96130   (decimal degrees)
32°13'16" N, 110°57'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
12/503646/3564958 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Tucson
Inventory number
BH 48295 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 28, 2011: Updated by Chris Patriarca: Spacing

Comments 

Diamondback Bridge
Posted February 28, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

No points on the historic scale......but definitely one of the more unique structures I've seen.