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Ocean to Ocean Bridge

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The Ocean to Ocean Bridge was a critical link in joining the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans with a highway. The bridge was built across the Colorado River between Yuma, Arizona and Fort Yuma, California in 1914 for $76,000 and dedicated during a citywide celebration May 22-23, 1915. At the time of its opening, the bridge provided the first safe, economical crossing of the river at Yuma and it was the only vehicle bridge across the Colorado River for 1,200 miles.

The 336-foot bridge was closed in 1988 due to structural problems. A renovation begun in 2001 and was completed in reopening in 2002. It received Arizona Preservation award in 2003. The bridge is also sometimes known as Colorado River Bridge; Yuma Bridge; Penitentiary Avenue Bridge. The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 (9/11/1979) - Structure - #79000431.

Adjacent is the 1925 railroad bridge.

As seen from the Arizona Side.

Photo date: March 12, 2005.

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