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ABL - Fruitvale Bridge


SP RR bridge across Oakland Inner Harbor

up position, looking SE.

Photo taken by Craig Philpott in November 2009


BH Photo #149033


Street View 


Vertical lift bridge over Oakland Inner Harbor on Alameda Belt Line
Alameda, Alameda County, California
Future prospects
The City of Alameda hopes to someday use the bridge for light rail transport connecting Alameda to Oakland.
Built 1951; Officially abandoned by the Alameda Belt Line in 2012
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of Washington, D.C.
- Alameda Belt Line (ABL)
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
Vertical lift
Length of largest span: 213.9 ft.
Total length: 420.0 ft.
Also called
Fruitvale Railroad Bridge
ABL - Inner Harbor Bridge
Inner Harbor Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.76905, -122.23050   (decimal degrees)
37°46'09" N, 122°13'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/567771/4180469 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Oakland East
Inventory number
BH 10790 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2018: New Street View added by Luke
  • October 7, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 1, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 7, 2014: Updated by Luke: Fixed wayward GPS coords, merged info from a redundant entry
  • September 7, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • April 8, 2010: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • November 10, 2009: New photos from Craig Philpott

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  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Oakland Wiki - Info


Inner Harbor Railroad Bridge
Posted April 12, 2011, by Ken (kens [at] acpwa [dot] org)

The bridge is not abandoned. Its not being used at this time by Union Pacific Railroad and is owned by the Army Corp of Engineers. The bridge is maintained and operational. It's against Federal law to abandon a drawbridge over a navigable waterway even if its not being used. The bridge either has to be maintained and operational, the water way navigable or the bridge removed.