[Old US 80]
Current route in Arizona: Defunct
Current route nationally: Tybee Island, GA to Dallas, TX

Historical route in Arizona: NM border near Lordsburg to Yuma
Existed: 1927 - 1989
Historical route nationally: Tybee Island, GA to San Diego, CA

US 80 was one of the major cross-country routes in its day, and was dubbed "The Ocean-to-Ocean Highway". In Arizona, it dipped down to Douglas, then up to Phoenix, before heading toward San Diego. I imagine most cross-country travelers took AZ 86 and AZ 84 as shortcuts.

US 80 was cut short at Benson in 1978. The loop from Phoenix to Gila Bend became part of AZ 85. The remainder hung on until 1988 through Douglas, but it was eventually eliminated through western Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. In Arizona that last loop became AZ 80.

During the 1930s there was a US 80A in Phoenix, running on Van Buren from 17th Ave. to 19th Ave., and along 19th Ave. to rejoin US 80 at Buckeye Rd. The 1977 ADOT route log shows a RELIEF US 80 along Washington/Jefferson St. After US 80 was routed to a new bridge over the Colorado River, the old route became BUSINESS US 80 in Yuma from 1957-1976.

A number of bridges along the route are still in use.

[Queen Creek bridge]
A 1923 bridge over Queen Creek

[Gila River Bridge] [Gila River Bridge]
Trestle bridge over Gila River

[Washed out wash bridge]
Not all the bridges are still in use. (Wash near Arlington)

[Washed out dam]
The Gillespie Dam doesn't look too good, either.

[Colorado River bridge] [Bridge plaque]
The old Colorado River bridge. In 1956, mainline US 80 was routed to a new bridge. This bridge was closed to traffic for many years, but since this picture was taken has been reopened to one lane traffic. A traffic light at each end controls which direction can use the bridge. The bridge now sports an "Ocean to Ocean Highway" sign as well.

[Cienga Bridge][Cienga Creek bridge]
The 1921 bridge over Cienega Creek. The railing was replaced in the mid 1990s. (near Vail)

[concrete roadbed] [Concrete road]
Vintage sections of concrete road near Bisbee and Buckeye.

[Duck and cover!]
This siren, located near Arlington, is to warn of trouble at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.

[Gas station mileage sign]
This mileage sign is at an abandoned service station near Tacna.

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Last updated 11/18/2007