Foothill Boulevard Big Tujunga Wash Bridge
North Side of Foothill from the West Abutment
BH Photo #114376
Foothill Blvd. over Big Tujunga Wash in "Chinatown"
The bridge place a small but pivotal role in the movie, it where J.J. Gittes (and Hollis Mulray) watch water move mysteriously into the river.
Paramount Pictures, Directed by Roman Polanksi
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The bridge was completely reconstructed with an entirely new deck and balustrades in 2008
The bridge was featured importantly in the classic movie "Chinatown".
The "Chinatown" Bridge
Written by David Kimbrough
This bridge was shown twice in very important scenes in the classic movie "Chinatown". PI Jake Gittes goes to the river to investigate mysterious water that keeps appearing at odd hours on the riverbed during a drought.
- Concrete tee beam bridge over N Chan Big Tujunga Wash on Foothill Blvd in Los Angeles
- Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
- Open to traffic
- Built 1921; rehabilitated 1937; Completely rebuild 2008
- Concrete tee beam
Length of largest span: 55.1 ft.
Total length: 649.6 ft.
Deck width: 43.3 ft.
- Also called
- "Chinatown" Bridge,
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +34.27111, -118.33750 (decimal degrees)
34°16'16" N, 118°20'15" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 11/376874/3793026 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
- Inventory numbers
- CA 53C-2033 (California bridge number)
BH 36651 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection report (as of January 2016)
- Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 93.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com
- January 3, 2011: New Street View added by David Kimbrough
- December 27, 2010: New video from David Kimbrough
- April 8, 2010: Updated by David Kimbrough: Updated reconstruction
- May 26, 2008: Essay added by David Kimbrough