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Vincent Thomas Bridge


Photo taken by David Kimbrough


BH Photo #113851



Suspension bridge over Los Angeles Harbor main channel on CA 47 in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1963; rehabilitated 1990
- John A. Roebling's Sons Co. of Roebling, New Jersey
Wire suspension
Length of largest span: 1,499.4 ft.
Total length: 5,991.1 ft. (1.1 mi.)
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
San Pedro Terminal Island Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.74936, -118.27094   (decimal degrees)
33°44'58" N, 118°16'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/382283/3735091 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
San Pedro
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
CA 53-1471 (California bridge number)
BH 11041 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2015)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 62.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2018: New photo from Richard Doody
  • September 6, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 4, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • June 16, 2013: New photos from Jann Mayer
  • May 27, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated NR Status
  • December 26, 2010: New photo from David Kimbrough
  • October 25, 2010: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • April 19, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • December 18, 2008: New photo from David Kimbrough
  • August 25, 2008: Updated by David Kimbrough



Vincent Thomas Bridge over the Los Angeles Harbor Main Channel
Posted May 27, 2011, by Gloria Scott (Gloria [dot] Scott [at] dot [dot] ca [dot] gov)

The Vincent Thomas Bridge was determined eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Caltrans Historic Bridge Inventory Update of 2010. The bridge is eligible for engineering significance. In addition to being a rare bridge type of "exceptional spant length, monumental scale and design complexity," it is the first suspension bridge in the United States not to use rivets in its construction.

San Pedro Terminal Island Bridge
Posted April 22, 2008, by Jack Connors

Was this the bridge used in the 1974 movie "Gone in 60 Seconds" ?

It sure looks like it and could anybody confirm it?


San Pedro Terminal Island Bridge (#53+1471) aka The VIncent Thomas Bridge
Posted October 17, 2007, by David Kimbrough (kimbrough-photo [at] charter [dot] net)

This bridge connects San Pedro, a district of Los Angeles but once a separate city, with Terminal Island. Terminal Island is a basically a very large sand bar at the mouth of the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers which has since been turned into a completely paved island. No one lives on Terminal Island any more, it is eniterly given over to ship yards, train yards, coal storage facilities, a fish cannery (the sole survivor of what used to be many), sewage treament plant, etc. The bridge led to the demise of the ferry that used to transport people back and forth between San Pedro and Terminal Island.

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San Pedro Terminal Island Bridge
Posted May 8, 2007, by Anonymous

She is massive!

San Pedro Terminal Island Bridge
Posted May 8, 2007, by Anonymous