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Saturday evening Mother Nature channeled Vincent van Gogh, providing me with an amazing backdrop to the Elmore Pedestrian Bridge. I particularly liked how the arch contained the sunset.

Opened on October 17th, 2011 as the Town Lake Pedestrian Bridge, it was renamed the Elmore Pedestrian Bridge on March 18th, 2017. It is dedicated to James Elmore, Arizona State University’s founding Dean of Architecture, whose passion led to the creation of Tempe Town Lake.

The uniquely beautiful bridge is made up for four separate spans. Each of the pans is 228 feet long and weighs about 165,000 pounds. Originally each span was over one of the bladders that dammed the Salt River creating Tempe Town Lake. The inflatable rubber dam system was replaced with a hydraulically-operated steel gate dam. The new dam is the country's largest hydraulically-operated steel gate dam system. The operating hydraulic rams can be seen as pairs behind the bridge.

The bridge is 12 feet wide and 34 feet tall. 32 metal cables from each arch suspend the spans.

ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/125 second, 28mm

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