Galena Creek Bridge, New Washoe City

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The Galena Creek Bridge is a twin-span concrete arch bridge in Washoe County, Nevada. The bridge carries Interstate 580 and U.S. Route 395 over the Galena Creek between Carson City and Reno. It was opened to traffic in late August 2012.
The bridge has a total length of 1,725 feet (526 m) and main span length of 689 feet (210 m). The height is 295 feet (90 m). The bridge is reportedly the largest cathedral arch bridge in the world; that is a type of open-spandrel deck arch bridge where the arch supports the deck only at the center.
Construction was started in 2003 but was delayed by a number of safety concerns and other issues. In 2006, the original prime contractor found the planned construction method unsafe; the method was revised and a new contractor hired. In 2010, several long superficial cracks were found. On July 28, 2012, the Nevada Department of Transportation held a community event for pedestrian, bicycle, and limited motor vehicle traffic to see the bridge prior to it opening for traffic; the bridge and freeway project opened in late August 2012.
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  • There are impressive views from Galena Creek Bridge of the Sierras and Washoe Valley We drove across it on your drive from Reno to Carson City.  more »
  • It is my understanding that, due to the Zephyr winds in Washoe Valley, this bridge was difficult to build. It's a beautiful bridge that spans Galena Creek. Lanes are wide and there are three in each.....  more »
  • It is a nice place to explore and hike but I fond no gold but I don't find it much
  • Beautiful view of Mt Rose in the background.

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