The Old Trails Bridge carried traffic until 1948 when cars and trucks began moving onto interstate systems. The Old Trails Bridge over the Colorado River, brought a now-abandoned portion of U.S. Route 66 across from Needles, California to Topock, Arizona.

The Old Trails Bridge is several hundred feet south of Interstate 40 where it crosses the Colorado River at Topock, AZ. I can unsubscribe any time using the unsubscribe link at the end of all emails.

Signs direct visitors to the park.

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Follow the Park Moabi Entrance Rd.

It is a brace-ribbed through arch bridge that was built in 1915–1916. It served as a highway bridge until 1947 when the Red Rock Bridge, formerly a railroad bridge, was modified for highway use. It has also been known as Topock Bridge and as Needles Bridge. It is a brace-ribbed through arch bridge that was built in 1915-1916. At 360 tons, it was the lightest and longest bridge of its kind. The new bridge would be part of the National Old Trails Road, an early transcontinental route well underway to connecting St. Louis to Los Angeles by 1914. The first vantage point is from an old brick bridge nearly a mile from the intersection. The bridge carried automobile traffic over the Colorado River from 1916 until 1948. To park and view the bridge, take the Interstate 40 exit for Park Moabi, the last California exit from the west and the first from the east.

The Old Trails Bridge is several hundred feet south of Interstate 40 where it crosses the Colorado River at Topock, AZ. From the day it opened, this graceful arch and the deck it supported were a pivotal Colorado River crossing, first on the transcontinental National Old Trails Road and, by 1926, on Route 66. This location provides the best view of the bridge.

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The steel arch of the Old Trails Bridge simply soars.

The use of the cantilever was a daring move for its time, creating the longest arched bridge in America. In 1948, the deck was removed so the bridge could accommodate a natural gas pipeline, which it still carries.

To entice traffic farther north, the States of Arizona and California and the Bureau of Indian Affairs decided to erect another substantial span over the Colorado River.

then turn right. It is a brace-ribbed through arch bridge that was built in 1915–1916. Information on Trail's Old Bridge & Why it Can't Be Restored. The Old Trails Bridge was later converted to a pipeline bridge. I-40 Exit 1, Topock, Arizona The very photogenic Old Trails Colorado River Bridge was opened to traffic in 1916. The Old Trails Bridge over the Colorado River, brought a now-abandoned portion of U.S. Route 66 across from Needles, California to Topock, Arizona. past the first vantage point and intersection with Interstate 40; then look for a historic concrete billboard and adjacent pullout pad. Explore the best rated trails in Old Bridge, NJ. Visitors should continue along the National Trails Highway/Park Moabi Rd. [2] It served as a highway bridge until 1947 when the Red Rock Bridge, formerly a railroad bridge, was modified for highway use. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Palmer Township Recreation Trail (Towpath Bike Trail) and Bronx River Greenway. The paved roadway was 17 feet wide, by modern standards that's very narrow. All rights reserved. To park and view the bridge, take the Interstate 40 exit for Park Moabi, the last California exit from the west and the first from the east. The Old Trails Bridge over the Colorado River, brought a now-abandoned portion of U.S. Route 66 across from Needles, California to Topock, Arizona. This view of the bridge is from the California side of the river. The engineers for the Old Trails Bridge had studied the problems builders and engineers encountered while constructing the Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge. The bridge was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary.

Signs direct visitors to the park. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. Technologically, the structure is nationally significant as an outstanding example of steel arch construction. Buckland & Taylor, a reputable firm that offers 39 years of experience in bridge design, independent checking, evaluation, retrofit, rehabilitation, and construction engineering for bridges of all types, has provided the City a presentation as to why the Old Bridge can't be restored or repaired. Looking for the best trails around Old Bridge? The Old Trails Bridge was later converted to a pipeline bridge. Bridge in Needles East of the California–Arizona state line, south of I-40, the arched Old Trails Bridge welcomes the Mother Road to California under endless blue skies. You might recognize the bridge: the Great Depression–era Joad family used it to cross the Colorado River in the movie version of John Steinbeck’s novel Grapes of Wrath.