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Mexican Hat Bridge (1953)


San Juan River Mexican Hat

Photo taken by Craig Philpott


BH Photo #188319


Street Views 


Steel through arch bridge over San Juan River on UT 163 in Mexican Hat
Mexican Hat, San Juan County, Utah
Open to traffic
Built 1953
- Utah Crane & Rigging
- W.W. Clyde & Co. of Springville, Utah
Steel through arch
Length of largest span: 190.0 ft.
Total length: 229.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
San Juan River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.15090, -109.86759   (decimal degrees)
37°09'03" N, 109°52'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
12/600559/4112212 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mexican Hat
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory number
BH 33520 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 10.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 13, 2014: New photos from Steve Conro
  • August 30, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge is eligible as of 2010
  • November 25, 2010: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • September 30, 2010: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • April 6, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: corrected gps

Related Bridges 



San Juan River Bridge
Posted April 14, 2014, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Nice set of new photos and perspectives added on this bridge.

San Juan River Bridge
Posted November 25, 2010, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

This bridge has been on my list of "must photograph" for a long time. I had to go way out of my way on the way to a Thanksgiving feast to get these pictures. This bridge is one of those classic, "I used to cross this when I was a kid" bridges.

San Juan River Bridge
Posted November 25, 2010, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Here is another arch that would cool if painted bright yellow. After a hearty Thanksgiving meal, the "Golden Arches" is very distant on my mind. Mickey D's could have a neat ad campaign idea if a steel rainbow arch that resembles the ones spanning their old time restaurants, would be painted yellow.