|May 2006 (37.890 Degrees, -110.369 Degrees) Hite Crossing Bridge|
The Hite Bridge has a 550 ft long arch and a 738 ft bridge length compared to the 420 ft long arch and 625 ft length at the Dirty Devil. Perhaps that's why they used a through arch for the Hite Crossing. Its able to support the deck with short columns above the arch and with short hangers below the arch. Both bridges were built at the same time, which must have been a field day for ironworkers.
The Hite Crossing is the only highway bridge across the Colorado between the Glen Canyon Bridge (185 miles to the south) and the Route 191 Bridge (110 miles to the north). They built the Hite Bridge, the Dirty Devil Bridge, and the White Canyon Bridge all at the same time to provide better roadway access across the Southwestern Desert while the Glen Canyon Dam was being built. The Hite Bridge was designed by David Sargent and advertised for construction in 1963 with a bid estimate of $3 million.
We'll take a closer look at this bridge tomorrow.
Utah's Bridges: Hite Crossing Bridge over the Colorado River (1) by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.