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Since 1965, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge has carried a two-lane highway, Route 64, across the Rio Grande River near Taos, New Mexico. In September 2015, when the iconic landmark reached its 50th year of service, it coincided with the bridge’s biennial inspection that scrutinizes the entire structure for coating failure, corrosion, cracks in the steel, and other structural integrity issues.
One of the highest bridges in the United States, the Rio Grande Bridge has stood proudly for 50 years. As the bridge enters its 50th year, a group of New Mexico State University engineers and students through the Bridge Inspection Program conducted an inspection to determine the status of the welded and bolted connections as well as examine the steel for signs of corrosion for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.