The narrow, seven-hundred-foot-long, two-lane, steel suspension bridge crosses the Rio Grande over the historic Paso de la Mula, a low water crossing point used by Native Americans, Spanish colonists, U.S. soldiers, and Mexican revolutionaries. Designed by Cole, who built the Royal Gorge Bridge of 1929 in Colorado, the suspension bridge at Roma was one of five that once linked various communities across the lower Rio Grande. Superseded in 1979 by a pier-and-beam concrete bridge, the suspension bridge is slated for rehabilitation as a pedestrian crossing. Jointly owned by two countries, the bridge has dual historical designations, with the United States half forming part of the Roma National Historic Landmark District and the Mexican half declared a Monumento Artístico Nacional (National Artistic Monument) by presidential decree in 2004.
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Miguel Alemán International Suspension Bridge
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