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Rio Hondo Bridge


Bridge after repairs by Bach Steel

The bridge was repainted after these photos were taken.

Photo taken by Nels Raynor, Bach Steel in October 2017


BH Photo #417253

Street Views 


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)


Through truss bridge over Rio Hondo on NM 395
Lincoln County, New Mexico
Open to traffic
Built 1927; Relocated here in 1953; Restored in 2017 by Bach Steel.
- BACH Steel of St. Johns, Michigan (2017 Steel Restoration)
- Virginia Bridge & Iron Co. of Roanoke, Virginia [also known as Virginia Bridge Co.]
Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 145.0 ft.
Deck width: 19.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.36693, -105.24366   (decimal degrees)
33°22'01" N, 105°14'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/477332/3691992 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
NM 5272 (New Mexico bridge number)
BH 25669 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 35.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 1, 2018: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "US 66"
  • January 30, 2018: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • September 25, 2017: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added history and corrected dates per NMDOT.
  • September 5, 2017: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • April 1, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: added street view corrected GPS data



Rio Hondo Bridge
Posted September 25, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I have learned that this bridge was formerly a Route 66 bridge before being located here. State Register Nomintion Documents confirmed builder and previous location. Thanks to Susie Hart and Steven Moffson from SHPO/New Mexico Historic Preservation Division for the assistance.

Also just to clear up any confusion, the old comment below on this page was mistakenly posted for another bridge.

Rio Hondo Bridge
Posted October 20, 2007, by Scott Green (scott [dot] green [at] state [dot] nm [dot] us)

This bridge was disassembled and moved to the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. It now spans the Tortugas Arroyo and was dedicated today.