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I10 - San Gabriel River Bridge


Detail from the 1946 Report of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Parkway Engineering Committee

In 1946 a report was finalized for the construction of a system of "Inter-Regional, Regional, and Metropolitan Parkways" which included the Ramona Parkway which was to extend from Los Angeles to San Bernardino. This route is laid out in the map on page 15, crosses the San Gabriel just at Garvey Ave where a bridge already existed

Los Angeles Metropolitan Parkway Engineering Committee

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BH Photo #232566


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Garvey Road and the San Bernadino Freeway 

Written by David Kimbrough

The San Bernardino Freeway crosses the San Gabriel River in El Monte just above where Walnut Creek joints the river. However, there was a bridge at this location long before the Freeway was built. Garvey Road crossed at this exact location in 1926. Garvey Avenue still leads right up to the rivers edge on both sides of the San Gabriel to this day. However, the freeway bends southward just before it crosses and lays atop where Garvey Road used to be. So while the current freeway bridge was built in the 1950's, the original bridge, shown in the 1927 aerial photograph, was there first.


Concrete tee beam bridge over San Gabriel River on Interstate 10 Wb
Baldwin Park, Los Angeles County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1926 as Garvey Road, Replaced ; rehabilitated 2004
Concrete tee beam
Length of largest span: 65.0 ft.
Total length: 757.9 ft.
Deck width: 66.3 ft.
Also called
Garvey Road
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.06500, -118.00500   (decimal degrees)
34°03'54" N, 118°00'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/407259/3769818 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
El Monte
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
CA 53-109L (California bridge number)
BH 52551 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 85 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 26, 2012: Essay added by David Kimbrough



I10 - San Gabriel River Bridge
Posted September 27, 2014, by Bob (anischyros [at] hushmail [dot] com)

I know this bridge. The original Garvey Blvd. bridge comprises the two left lanes of the west bound bridge over the San Gabriel River. It was unusual because one side of the original guardrail was still extant when I was a kid, while more modern guard rail was using on the widened part. The guardrails on both sides were later replaced on both sides when the bridge was refurbished.