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Lincoln Highway Delle Drainage Channel Bridge


View 1

View of the deck surface from the roadway.

Photo taken by Matt Liverani in September 2017


BH Photo #403487



This bridge was constructed in approximately 1930-31 during a major realignment project of the Lincoln Highway. The original routing through Utah, what was known as the Goodyear Cutoff, was not paved and was riddled with many sharp curves and lots of soft ground. After legislation was passed in the late 1920's establishing the US Highway system and a numbered route scheme, named highways soon became a thing of the past. That is when much of the Lincoln Highway in the west was rerouted in order to be eligible for Federal funding. Part of that agreement meant the dropping of the name and the highway was assigned many numbers along its length. It also meant that the road would be paved from coast to coast for the first time. The section from Wendover, Utah east was signed as US Highway 40 and remained that way until Interstate 80 superseded the stretch of highway from the Nevada border to Salt Lake City in the late 1970's.


Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Delle Drainage Channel on Former US 40/Lincoln Highway
Tooele County, Utah
Abandoned, but intact and drivable
Constructed in approximately 1930-31 as part of a major realignment of the Lincoln Highway, abandoned in the late 1970s when I-80 was completed through here.
Timber stringer laid on timber pile trestle with timber abutments. Asphalt laid over wood decking.
Span length: 34.0 ft.
Total length: 34.0 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.75700, -112.75346   (decimal degrees)
40°45'25" N, 112°45'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
12/351988/4513261 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
4227 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 78552 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,453)
Beam (14,841)
Span length 25-50 feet (15,196)
Timber stringer (3,848)
Tooele County, Utah (3)
Total length 25-50 feet (10,866)
Utah (306)

Update Log 

  • September 25, 2017: Added by Matt Liverani