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Gage Avenue Bridge


North Side of Gage Ave.

Photo taken by David Kimbrough

BH Photo #227463


Opening of Gage Ave. Bridge Recalls Days of Great Lugo Rancho April 14, 1940 

Written by Los Angeles Time staff writer

A street dance, parade, and community picnic on the banks of the Los Angeles River today marked the opening of the Gage Avenue Bridge, with more than 15,000 residents of Bell and surrounding communities joining the celebration.

Started in July, 1939, the new $247,000 steel and concrete structure was completed early this week and opened to traffic at 8 p.m. today.

Demolished in the flood of March, 1938, the bridge stood in ruins for more than a year before construction was begun. County and State officials could find no funds for the work during 1938 and bitter protests were made by merchants and residents of the community.

After repeated appeals to the Board of Supervisors the money was obtained by Supervisor William A. Smith, who officiated at dedication ceremonies.

A feature of the celebration was a free picnic dinner served by Bell merchants and Spanish singing and dancing resented by the famed Lugo Family of Dell, descendants of Don Antonio Maria Lugo, who owned the great Lugo Rancho which included the cities of Bell, Maywood, Huntington Park and a portion of Los Angeles.

Following a brief address this evening by Supervisor Smith and other county officials, residents of the community held a gala street dance on the boulevard west of the new bridge.


Concrete tee beam bridge over Los Angeles River on Gage Avenue
Bell, Los Angeles County, California
Open to traffic
Re-Built 1940, Washed-Out 1938, Washed-Out 1927
Concrete tee beam
Length of largest span: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 476.1 ft.
Deck width: 43.6 ft.
Also called
Baker Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.97667, -118.16833   (decimal degrees)
33°58'36" N, 118°10'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/392074/3760183 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
South Gate
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
CA 53C-159 (California bridge number)
BH 51584 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 61.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 11, 2012: Updated by David Kimbrough: Upload photos, washout dates
  • March 3, 2012: Added by David Kimbrough