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Foothill Boulevard Big Tujunga Wash Bridge

Photos 

North Side of Foothill from the West Abutment

www.bridges-of-los-angeles-county.com

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BH Photo #114376

Map 

Street View 

Video 

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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Description 

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.

Facts 

Overview
Concrete tee beam bridge over N Chan Big Tujunga Wash on Foothill Blvd in Los Angeles
Location
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1921; rehabilitated 1937; Completely rebuild 2008
Design
Concrete tee beam
Dimensions
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:
Sunland
Inventory numbers
CA 53C-2033 (California bridge number)
BH 36651 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2016)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 93.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
8,546

Update Log 

  • 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

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