Rainbow Arch Bridge in Fort Morgan, Colorado

This is a great bridge.

Rainbow Arch Bridge in Fort Morgan, Colorado

Rainbow Arch Bridge in Fort Morgan, Colorado

I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck, crossed the Rainbow Arch Bridge over the South Platte River in Fort Morgan.  This bridge was built in 1922 and 1923.

Looking through to South Platte River

Looking through to South Platte River

The bridge was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1984.  A few years later, in 1992, Rainbow Arch Bride was designated as a Colorado Civil Engineering Landmark.

One of eleven arches

One of eleven arches

The eleven arches on this bridge are great.   In 1911 James Barney Marsh, an engineer and bridge designer, received the patent for reinforced concrete arch bridges.  This bridge is 1100 feet long and 90 feet wide.

You can see all eleven arches here

You can see all eleven arches here

Rainbow Arch Bridge survived several floods, and now the bridge is open for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Looking through an arch and over the newer road for motorized traffic, to the South Platte River

Looking through an arch and over the newer road for motorized traffic, to the South Platte River

Another road has been built for automobile and regular traffic.

The Rainbow Arch Bridge in Fort Morgan is the only bridge of this type in Colorado and one of the longest in the country.  This bridge, crossing the South Platt River, is on Colorado Highway 52, less than one mile north of I-76 at exit 80.  You should see this bridge.  It is really an architectural masterpiece.

Great bridge and love the street lights

Great bridge and love the street lights

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