Bridges of Town Lake


Historic Mill Avenue Bridge

Built in 1931, this bridge has withstood flooding and the test of time. Lit with twinkling swags at night, this atchitecturally-recognized bridge can be seen for miles. It serves as the gateway to the Mill Avenue District.

New Mill Avenue Bridge

Built in 1993 to accommodate a higher traffic flow, the first attempt at constructing this bridge washed away in a flood. The completed bridge has been tested by stormwater and has flourished.

Light Rail Bridge

Only Tempe would combine function with fun. Arizona's only light rail bridge turns into a colorful show of lights whenever a train crosses it.

Salt River Union Pacific Bridge

Built in 1912, this bridge survived while floods destroyed the previous three truss bridges constructed in teh same location.

Pedestrian Bridge (shown below)

This beautiful suspension bridge is lit with vibrant blue hues after dark. It connects the north and south shores of Town Lake for pedestrians and bicyclists at the Tempe Center for the Arts.  Watch a video about this new bridge:

Rural Road Bridge

Used as a route for many of Town Lake's runs and triathlons, the Rural Road Bridge serves as a vital link for cars and pedestrians to cross Town Lake.

ped bridge