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Old Highway 395 Bridge


Arch from the west looking northeast

Other than the graffiti, this is close to what it looked like before the freeway was built.

Photo taken by Jann Mayer in September 2012

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)


BH Photo #239668


Street Views 


This two lane bridge was built for Highway 395 in 1949. In 1967, the freeway bridge next to it opened, and it was abandoned. Today it is part of the bike path paralleling Interstate 15 for a short distance.

Very few people know of this bridge, as it is nearly impossible to see from any of the roads, and you don't even get a very good view of the arch from the bike path. Tens of thousands of people a day pass by on the 16+ lane monstrosity next to it.

The design is more spartan than many of the other concrete arch bridges in southern California - no design flourishes on this bridge. It is a very clean and delicate looking structure. There is also a very slight curvature to the bridge, just barely noticeable.


Open-spandrel arch bridge over Penasquitos Creek on Bike path (formerly US 395)
Poway, San Diego County, California
Open to pedestrians only
Built in 1949, abandoned in 1967, later used as a bike path
Concrete open-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 220.0 ft.
Total length: 430.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.94428, -117.10788   (decimal degrees)
32°56'39" N, 117°06'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/489915/3645115 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
400 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 53580 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 10, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 21, 2012: Updated by Jann Mayer: Added category "Curved"
  • September 20, 2012: Added by Jann Mayer



Old Highway 395 Bridge
Posted August 10, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This bridge was the location of a notorious murder in December 1986.


Old Highway 395 Bridge
Posted August 10, 2017, by Greg (Greg19921223 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It's a shame people park illegally here, deface everything with graffiti and toss litter around. Wish the city would do something about it.

Old Highway 395 Bridge
Posted February 3, 2015, by Anonymous

Nice old bridge. It's hard to image a time when this bridge only carried two way traffic.