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
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)
- 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