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North Broadway Viaduct


Broadway Bridge Looking North West

The channelized Los Angeles River is visible.



BH Photo #113999

Street Views 


Carried US 66 1926-1936

Chapter 7 PRESENT AND PROPOSED BRIDGES - North Broadway Bridge 

California Railroad Commission - Engineering Department - 1920

North Broadway Bridge (also known as Buena Vista Street Bridge) is a a reinforced concrete structure of 7 span, carrying North Broadway acrres one end of the Southern Pacific freight yard, Santa Fe tracks, the Los Angeles River, and the Salt Lake tracks. This bridge, approximately 900 feet long, was completed 1913. On the west side, North Broadway is cut into the hill, so that no filled approach is necessary. The east end branches into Pasadena Avenue and North Broadway, the approaches to these street being on earth fill with a street grade of approximately 5 per cent. [this is from page 157, there are several pages are missing after this one].


Los Angeles Times - August 15, 1886

Long Ago the TIMES placed itself on record as favoring the construction of an elevated iron bridge at the northern terminus of Buena Vista street, spanning the tracks of the Southern Pacific and San Gabriel Valley Railroads, expending across the river and giving safe transit to the east side at Hoff street. This project, after slumbering the regulation period, seems now in a fair way of realization, the Council at its last session have appropriated $15,000 towards it. It is estimated that the bridge in question will cost from $22,000 to $30,000. While the city appropriate is altogether inadequate to cover the expense, it nevertheless furnishes a nucleus, and by good management, allied with some public spirit, the whole sum can raised. It is understood that Senator Stanford, of the Southern Pacific, has pledged his company to the amount of $3000 to $ 5000 for the purpose, and was at one time prepared to take the initiative in construction. The San Gabriel Valley Company, which is public spirited and liberal, will no doubt contribute its pro rata. A fourth contributor might be the county of Los Angeles. Years ago the county bore half of the expenses of the covered bridge across the river at Macy street. This outlay was justified on the ground that it furnished communication with the city for a large and important section of the outlying country. The argument would equally valid with regard to the Buena Vista street bridge. Glendale and the other up-river sections, Crescenta, Highlands, Garvanzo, Pasadena, and all the foothills lying beyond would come in for a share of the benefits from this bridge. By all means let the county bear a share of the financial burden. And finally, after the railroads and the county have contributed, let the citizens of East Los Angeles, and large property owners in the eastern suburbs, come in to make up the balance. They can well afford to donate liberally, and they would derive ten dollars for one in the enhancement of the property.

There is no dodging the fact that the time has come when better means of communication must be furnished between the east and west sides. The San Fernando street route along the ganglion of railroad and street-car tracks is now hazardous, and with the constantly increasing traffic, is often next to impassible for country teams. The Buena Vista street route would furnish the safe and easy means of communication that is imperatively demanded. In short time the Downey avenue relict will doubtless be replaced by a good bridge and we shall have still another at Chavez street. All these will be in good request, and the public will then wonder how they ever got along without them.


Concrete arch bridge over L A Riv,Bnsf,Uprr,Metro, on North Broadway in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1909; rehabilitated 1974
- Homer Hamlin
- Los Angeles Railway (LARy)
- Streetcar
Open-spandrel concrete arch
Length of largest span: 130.9 ft.
Total length: 866.2 ft.
Deck width: 56.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Buena Vista
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.07167, -118.22556   (decimal degrees)
34°04'18" N, 118°13'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/386914/3770779 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Los Angeles
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
CA 53C-545 (California bridge number)
BH 11021 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 75.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 25, 2019: Updated by Joe Sonderman: added US 66
  • December 22, 2016: New photo from Dave King
  • July 15, 2015: New photos from Michael Shulman
  • September 5, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added categories "Los Angeles Railway", "Railroad", "Rail-and-Road", "Streetcar"
  • September 5, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • September 4, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • August 26, 2011: New Street View added by David Kimbrough
  • January 4, 2011: Updated by David Kimbrough: Updated older name
  • December 18, 2010: New photo from David Kimbrough
  • December 4, 2010: Essay added by David Kimbrough
  • December 2, 2010: Essay added by David Kimbrough
  • November 23, 2010: New photos from David Kimbrough
  • January 2, 2009: New photo from David Kimbrough
  • December 19, 2008: New photo from David Kimbrough
  • November 3, 2008: New photo from David Kimbrough
  • June 6, 2008: Updated by David Kimbrough
  • May 10, 2008: New photos from David Kimbrough