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Pasadena Avenue Bridge


Pasadena Ave over the Arroyo Seco from the Invert

The view of the Pasadena Ave. Bridge from the river bottom of the Arroyo Seco

Photo taken by David Kimbrough

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BH Photo #217121


Street Views 

A Brief History of the Pasadena Ave. Bridge 

Written by David Kimbrough

Sometime prior to 1890 a wooden bridge was constructed across the Arroyo at this location. The Los Angeles Times reports on January 10, 1890 that the Public Works Commission took a tour of Los Angeles "partly by 'four-in-hand', partly by cable, and a good deal by Shank's Mares". The last stop on their tour was "the bridge across the Arroyo Seco". It was reported that the Board decided that it "should be abandoned and the Pasadena boulevard built as soon as possible. To rebuild and make the Arroyo Seco bridge safe it will be necessary to put in costly levees, at an expense of thousands of dollars, while the boulevard, which only pass one block higher up the hill from the dilapidated bridge now stands, will be a safe road at all seasons of the years."

On July 28, 1904, the Los Angeles Times reported that "The city of Los Angeles has just begun over the Arroyo Seco at Pasadena avenue, one of the remarkable pieces of highway bridge construction is Southern California. The bridge is unique in ti superstructure which build of slid concrete in splendid solidity to defy the elements till judgement day, withstand the washing of the mightiest floods, and hold up the weight of a railroad train.

The concrete foundation is being placed for future building - for a day when the municipality may wish to put in an all-steel bridge, and a larger one at that.

The new structure will supersede an old excuse just torn down to make way for the more modern erection. When completed, the bridge will be 24 feet long, with an eighteen-foot roadway and a walk for pedestrians six feet in width.

There will be two spans, each 120 feet in length. These will rest upon a massive concrete pier and a pair of concrete abutments that look like the ground walls of a might rampart."


Concrete tee beam bridge over Route 110 & Arroyo Seco on Pasadena Avenue
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
Open to traffic
Original prior to 1890, Replaced in 1904, Replaced in 1940
Concrete tee beam
Length of largest span: 78.1 ft.
Total length: 181.1 ft.
Deck width: 51.8 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.08667, -118.21000   (decimal degrees)
34°05'12" N, 118°12'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/388369/3772426 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Los Angeles
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
CA 53-426 (California bridge number)
BH 49295 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 85.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 13, 2011: New photo from David Kimbrough
  • August 28, 2011: Updated by David Kimbrough: Uploaded New Pictures
  • August 5, 2011: Essay added by David Kimbrough