Re: Phoenix Sub (West Valley) news.
Date: October 23, 2012 07:57AM
I wanted to stop by there Saturday. I went out to the Dam Bridge between Arlington and Gillespie on Old US 80. The 9 span steel truss bridge, 2 lane, 19 foot wide, 1,662 foot long bridge over the Gila River was built in 1921. It is on the list of National Register of Historic Places. Maricopa County DOT built a Gazebo/lookout that gives a great view of Gillespie dam that was breeched and became one of Arizonas worst dam failures.
MCDOT injstalled plaques telling about the historical significance of the bridge and another one for the wildlife found in the area, a turnout was built for parking on the eastbond side of the bridge.
There was a re-dedication ceremony for the Gillespie Dam Bridge attended by the Mayors of Buckeye and Gila Bend, there was a classic car parade, live band playing, speeches by county officials and the local chapter of the MIA/POW society was there. Free BBQ for everyone.
It is one of the Arizona Centennial Legacy Projects. Check it out next time you are out that way.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/23/2012 08:29AM by Railroadfan92675.