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Firestone Boulevard Bridge

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Firestone Blvd. over the San Gabriel River

Southward view from river bed.

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

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BH Photo #115808

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Overview
Concrete tee beam bridge over San Gabriel River on Firestone Blvd in Downey
Location
Downey, Los Angeles County, California
Status
Open to traffic
History
First bridge built before 1904, This birdge built 1934; rehabilitated 1950
Design
Concrete tee beam
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 59.1 ft.
Total length: 334.0 ft.
Deck width: 67.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.92667, -118.10833   (decimal degrees)
33°55'36" N, 118°06'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/397557/3754578 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Whittier
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
56,280
Inventory numbers
CA 53C-1984 (California bridge number)
BH 36716 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 46.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 28, 2012: New photo from David Kimbrough
  • May 27, 2012: New Street View added by David Kimbrough
  • September 2, 2009: New photo from David Kimbrough
  • July 22, 2008: New photos from David Kimbrough
  • June 23, 2008: Updated by David Kimbrough
  • June 20, 2008: Added by David Kimbrough

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Comments 

Firestone Boulevard Bridge
Posted November 3, 2018, by Dick Morris

A correction to my previous comment - the bridge in 1927 was of wooden Howe truss construction. This was apparently a standard design for this area around 1900. A better photo of a similar bridge during the same flood exists of the Center Street, now Alondra, bridge three to four miles down river.

Firestone Boulevard Bridge
Posted November 3, 2018, by Dick Morris

A correction to my previous comment - the bridge in 1927 was of wooden Howe truss construction. This was apparently a standard design for this area around 1900. A better photo of a similar bridge during the same flood exists of the Center Street, now Alondra, bridge three to four miles down river.

Firestone Boulevard Bridge
Posted October 26, 2018, by Dick Morris

Although this site considers the Firestone Blvd. bridge to be a replacement for the Washburn Crossing bridge on Downey-Norwalk Road, the later was about 1500 feet downstream from Firestone Blvd. Firestone was the new, more direct road between the two cities. Most traffic probably moved to the new road, but the Washburn Crossing bridge appears to have remained in use until 1938.

I couldn't determine when the first bridge was build at this location, but plans and specifications submitted for the bridge at Washburn’s crossing were adopted by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors in mid-1876. In 1884 it was damaged or destroyed during a flood. It appears that a contract for its repair/replacement wasn't let until 1887. It was damaged or destroyed several other times, usually by floods. In 1904 it failed when being crossed by a carriage.

This 1924 photo shows that it had six A-frame spans with trestles at each end. Each span appears to have been about 24 feet long. The photo appears to be looking south.

The bridge was apparently in use until March 4, 1938. The L.A. Times reporting on a major flood described widespread road and bridge outages in L.A. and Orange Counties and said that one side of the bridge over San Gabriel River on Norwalk Road had dropped six feet. The Firestone Blvd bridge was 1500 feet upstream and the Imperial Hwy. bridge was .6 miles downstream. This probably resulted in it being permanently removed from service.

Firestone Boulevard Bridge
Posted February 19, 2018, by Raul (Raul [dot] suarez [at] wavestream [dot] com)

This bridge has seen a major facelift that is not reflected in your indicators