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Cesar Chavez Avenue Overpass


Cesar Chavez Ave. Bridge over the San Bernadino Freeway (I-10)

South-eastern view from Mission Road



BH Photo #124654


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Bridges of Los Angeles County

Photographs of the Bridges of Los Angeles County set to the tune "A Bridge" by Deb Talan

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Brief History 

Written by David Kimbrough

This is one of the oldest bridge locations in Los Angeles County. The Macy Street Bridge over the Los Angeles River, just two blocks west, is the oldest bridge location (built in the early 1870's) and the only covered wooden bridge ever built in Los Angeles County. This bridge was a continuation of that bridge but was originally built over a stream bed (Arroyo De Los Posos) which was later dug up and turned into a railroad right ofway with train tracks. However in the early 1930's most of the tracks were condemned and converted into Ramona Blvd, a mulit-lane limited access street that was a sort of proto-freeway. In the 1950's most of Ramona Blvd was overlaid with the San Bernadino Freeway (Interstate 10), although the carpool lane is pretty much the same street as Ramona for part of the way. Some of the tracks are still there and are used by commuter trains (Metrolink). The Macy Street (now César Chávez Blvd) Bridge still spans the same gap, linking DTLA with Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles, whether a gully, train trackss, Ramona Blvd, or "The Ten".


Bridge over San Bernadino Freeway (Interstate 10) on Cesar Chavez Ave. in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles,
Boyle Heights, California, Los Angeles County, California
Open to traffic
Closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 67.9 ft.
Total length: 206.0 ft.
Deck width: 49.9 ft.
Also called
Macy Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.05320, -118.22320   (decimal degrees)
34°03'12" N, 118°13'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/387107/3768729 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Los Angeles
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
CA 53-392 (California bridge number)
BH 37434 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 46.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 23, 2019: New photo from David Kimbrough
  • September 8, 2012: New Street View added by David Kimbrough
  • June 3, 2012: New video from David Kimbrough
  • August 26, 2011: New photo from David Kimbrough
  • December 2, 2010: New photo from David Kimbrough
  • November 24, 2010: New photo from David Kimbrough
  • November 21, 2010: Essay added by David Kimbrough
  • December 19, 2008: New photo from David Kimbrough
  • December 18, 2008: New photo from David Kimbrough
  • December 3, 2008: Updated by David Kimbrough
  • September 16, 2008: Updated by David Kimbrough
  • September 15, 2008: Added by David Kimbrough