Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, locally known as the "Gorge Bridge," is a cantilever truss bridge across the Rio Grande Gorge 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Taos, New Mexico, United States. At 650 feet (200 m) above the Rio Grande, it is the fifth highest bridge in the United States, after the Royal Gorge Bridge (1053 ft) over the Arkansas river in Colorado, the New River Gorge Bridge (876 ft) over the New River in West Virginia, the Foresthill Bridge (730 ft.) over the American River in California, and the Glen Canyon Dam Bridge (700 ft.) over the Colorado River in Arizona. The span is 1,280 feet (390 m): two 300-foot (91 m)-long approach spans with a 600-foot (180 m)-long main center span. The bridge was dedicated on September 10, 1965 and is a part of U.S. Route 64, a major east-west road. In 1966 the American Institute of Steel Construction awarded the bridge "Most Beautiful Steel Bridge" in the "Long Span" category. The bridge has appeared in several films, including Natural Born Killers , Twins , She's Having a Baby , Wild Hogs and Terminator Salvation . The bridge has been the site of numerous suicides. Authorities are studying ways to prevent suicides there.

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