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PE - El Prado Bridge


SPRR over Torrance Blvd.

Northeast view from embankment



BH Photo #115953


Street View 



Torrance’s preservation of the Pacific Electric Railway — El Prado Bridge has earned the city a Preservation Award from the Los Angeles Conservancy, officials with the nonprofit announced Thursday.

More than $400,000 was spent to refurbish the landmark that spans Torrance Boulevard for the city’s centennial in 2012.

“This Torrance icon and signature work of architect Irving Gill reclaimed its modern elegance through careful repair and stabilization, just in time for its 100th birthday,” the conservation said in its award announcement.


Concrete tee beam bridge over Torrance Blvd on former Southern Pacific RR (nee-Pacific Electric) in Torrance
Torrance, Los Angeles County, California
Restored 2012, reopened to pedestrians
Built 1913, refurbished/restored 2012
- Irving Gill (Architect)
- Interurban
- Pacific Electric Railway (PE)
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
Concrete tee beam with cosmetic archwork
Length of largest span: 34.1 ft.
Total length: 153.9 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 13, 1989
Also called
SP - Torrance Boulevard Overpass
Pacific Electric Railroad Bridge
PE - Torrance Boulevard Overpass
Pacific Electric Torrance Boulevard Overpass
Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.83766, -118.31165   (decimal degrees)
33°50'16" N, 118°18'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/378637/3744929 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
CA 53C-1564 (California bridge number)
BH 36749 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 26, 2020: Updated by Geoff Hubbs: Adjusted map location
  • March 13, 2015: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge rehabilitated 2012, reopened, article linked
  • October 23, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected name to most commonlu used name
  • October 3, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited Bridge
  • April 22, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Added Architect and date of listing NRHP
  • June 26, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson: Added to Southern Pacific railroad category
  • June 26, 2008: Added by David Kimbrough


  • David Kimbrough - kimbrough-photo [at] charter [dot] net
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Geoff Hubbs


SPRR over Torrance Blvd.
Posted February 14, 2012, by Thomas Cockle (tcockle [at] suddenlink [dot] net)

This bridge was actually built by Pacific Electric, which was a more-or-less independent subsidiary of Southern Pacific until absorbed into SP in 1965. It was built to reach a Columbia Steel plant, and crossed over the PE San Pedro via Gardena and Torrance Line running under the two, taller, center arches of the bridge, between the dual roadways of Torrance Blvd. under the outer, lower, arches. This was one of the few places where one Pacific Electric line crossed over another via a grade separation.

SPRR over Torrance Blvd.
Posted April 22, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

I was at this bridge today and was quite surprised to find that it is not open to pedestrian traffic. It's a puzzle. The track has been lifted from the railroad right-of-way but not the actual bridge deck. The deck is fenced with locked gates. I will post photos.