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LACM - Hawthorne Avenue Overpass

Photo 

Northwest View from Hawthorne

Photo taken by David Kimbrough

BH Photo #191462

Street Views 

Facts 

Overview
Pony/through girder bridge over Hawthorne Avenue on Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Location
Torrance, Los Angeles County, California
Status
Open
History
Built 1926
Railroads
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Commuter Rail
- Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACM)
Design
Pony plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 64.0 ft.
Total length: 126.0 ft.
Also called
ATSF Hawthorne Avenue Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.85887, -118.35310   (decimal degrees)
33°51'32" N, 118°21'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/374832/3747331 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Torrance
Inventory numbers
CA 53-183 (California bridge number)
BH 44673 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 2, 2011: New photo from David Kimbrough
  • April 9, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: corrected gps data
  • March 31, 2010: Added by Ed Hollowell

Sources 

  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com
  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • David Kimbrough - kimbrough-photo [at] charter [dot] net

Comments 

LACM - Hawthorne Avenue Overpass
Posted January 26, 2018, by Luke

1963 aerial shows the current bridge there, looking awfully fresh.

So I'm thinking someone at Caltrans/FWHA derped and put down "1926" instead of "1962".

LACM - Hawthorne Avenue Overpass
Posted January 26, 2018, by Luke

Historicaerials shows a railroad girder here in 1952.

LACM - Hawthorne Avenue Overpass
Posted January 26, 2018, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Ok, so I saw an old street map that was on the wall in Martin Chevrolet in Torrance that seemed to date from the 1960's and it showed Hawthorne Blvd. jogging to the east at 190th St. and both of those streets crossing the tracks -at grade level- before Hawthorne returned to it's current alignment. Also there is a scene in the movie "Gone In Sixty Seconds" (the 1970's one) which had a chase going over that railroad grade crossing. That is why I am saying that the railroad, Hawthorne Blvd. and 190th St. did not exist in the current configuration until sometime in the 1970's.

Hawthorne Ave. AT&SF Crossing
Posted April 10, 2010, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Ed, good points indeed. I wonder if anyone has a piece of historical evidence that would make this all more relevant to what is there today. Or, the entire posting could be reworked to reflect the current configuration of the site. This is one of the many locations where there are "no historical elements visible".

Hawthorne Ave. AT&SF Crossing
Posted April 10, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] netscape [dot] net)

Craig,

After thinking this over it might be more likely that the entry was wrong in the first place and should have read 'AT&SF over Hawthorne Blvd.' I know that sometime in the distant past the crossing of the railroad and Hawthorne Blvd was changed. I have lived in the area since 1980 and nothing has changed since then. Just from the look of things I would say for sure that the AT&SF overpass at Hawthorne is not from the 1920s. I would imagine that it was rebuilt in its present form in the 1970s or 1960s.

Hawthorne Ave. AT&SF Crossing
Posted April 10, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] netscape [dot] net)

It hasn't been there for decades. Instead of Hawthorne crossing over the AT&SF, the AT&SF now goes over Hawthorne Blvd.

Hawthorne Ave. AT&SF Crossing Removed?
Posted April 9, 2010, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

I do not see any evidence of removal/replacement in Google images from 2007 or Bing images from 2008. Interested in current status.