Red Cliff Arch Bridge
Regarded as one of Colorado's most beautiful and iconic bridges, in a stunning and dramatic natural setting, spanning the Eagle River between two cliffs. It is one of the most photographed bridges in Colorado.
This steel cantilever arch bridge carries US 24 across the Eagle River, the (unused) Union Pacific Railroad, and Water Street which was the former alignment of US 24. It crosses directly above Water Street's own bridge over the railroad and the river.
The 2004 rehab was a near total reconstruction, preserving and rehabilitating the original steel arch, while completely replacing and widening the deck. A high priority was placed on maintaining the bridge's historic integrity and appearance. Owing to the bridge's location spanning two cliffs, the project was involved and hazardous. The complete story, with construction photos, is at the Federal Highway Administration link below.
- Steel deck arch bridge over Eagle River, Union Pacific Railroad, and Water Street on US 24 at Red Cliff
- Red Cliff, Eagle County, Colorado
- Open to traffic
- Built 1940; rehabilitated 2004
- Open spandrel steel deck arch
Length of largest span: 317.8 ft.
Total length: 471.0 ft.
Deck width: 29.8 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 4, 1985
- Also called
- US 24 Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +39.50791, -106.37589 (decimal degrees)
39°30'28" N, 106°22'33" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 13/381713/4374046 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
- Inventory numbers
- CDOT F-11-T (Colorado Dept. of Transportation structure number)
NRHP 85000204 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 11846 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection report (as of September 2016)
- Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 76.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com
- August 1, 2018: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Painted green"
- March 27, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Add rehab info to description and links
- September 15, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added photos, description, street views
- September 14, 2016: New photo from Roger Deschner
- April 19, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth