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Cabrillo Bridge


Cabrillo Bridge

San Diego Historical Society. Date 1935

Photo submitted by Craig Philpott

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BH Photo #200454


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The Cabrillo Bridge spans the Cabrillo Canyon and was built in 1915 as a pedestrian entranceway to the Panama-California Exposition. The bridge is 120 feet high only because of the height of the canyon and was built from a redwood frame with poured concrete. In 2004 a fire broke out, possibly due to arson, in the redwood timbers and firefighters had to punch holes through the concrete in order to put out the fire. In order to save the bridge and prevent further emergency the bridge was subsequently subject to a $1 million updating project to bring it up to code, earthquake safe, and fire resistant. Escondido Public Library Pioneer Room

Some different information can be found here around the open date: http://www.balboaparkhistory.net/glimpses/cabrillo.htm


Concrete arch bridge over CA 163 on Laurel Street at Balboa Park in San Diego
San Diego, San Diego County, California
Open to traffic
Bridge construction began in December 1912. The date the bridge was opened has some confusion around it, but historians seem to agree on April 13, 1914
- Frank P. Allen Jr. (Architect/Engineer)
Closed-spandrel concrete arch
Length of largest span: 67.9 ft.
Total length: 632.9 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.73138, -117.15454   (decimal degrees)
32°43'53" N, 117°09'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/485520/3621519 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Point Loma
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
CA 57C-596 (California bridge number)
BH 11412 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
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: 75.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 18, 2015: New photo from Irma Hale
  • July 28, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added more info and corrected date to 1914
  • July 4, 2012: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • June 6, 2011: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • June 5, 2011: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • May 30, 2010: New Street View added by Craig Philpott



Cabrillo Bridge
Posted July 28, 2012, by Jarvis Ross (rrichardscot [at] aol [dot] com)

Corrections to the descriptive information.

The Cabrillo Bridge was built in 1914 not 1915.

It was built both for pedestrian and automobile traffic not just pedestrians. Future president of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first person driven over the bridge.