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UP - San Gabriel River Bridge


UPRR over the San Gabriel River

Eastward view from deck



BH Photo #115955


Street View 

A Tangled Title Fogs Future 

Written by David Kimbrough

This bridge built for railroad traffic but the UPRR spotted using this line long ago. When the San Gabriel River Freeway went in over the tracks, the California Department of Transportation (CalTRANS)performed improvement on the tracks and bridge to obtain the right of way over the tracks. Eventually the UPRR sold the land to a private party. The bridge has been declared a public hazard and money needs to spent to upgrade this bridge. UPRR insists that the bridge belongs to CalTRANS, CalTRANS says they only did work on it and it belongs to the party that owns the adjoining land. The land owner says he only bought the land, not the bridge. Mean while the City of Whittier wants to buy the bridge to extend its pedestrian & bicycle path - but from whom and under what conditions?


Through truss bridge over San Gabriel River on UPRR in Whittier
Pico Rivera, Los Angeles County, California
Open to Traffic
Built 1901;
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.00400, -118.07000   (decimal degrees)
34°00'14" N, 118°04'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/401190/3763115 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
El Monte
Inventory number
BH 36750 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 7, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • May 26, 2012: New photo from David Kimbrough
  • May 18, 2012: New photo from David Kimbrough
  • January 30, 2009: Updated by David Kimbrough
  • June 26, 2008: Essay added by David Kimbrough



UP - San Gabriel River Bridge
Posted August 20, 2018, by Joseph (mlgquickscopez295 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just wanted to say that you guys need to add a build date to this bridge. If you look closely on photo number 1 you can see on the top of the bridge it says 1901. Perhaps this is the year it was built. Just a suggestion. Thanks!