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Los Angeles River Bridges and Viaducts

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2008 - 2017.


Many of the bridges crossing the Los Angeles River are actually viaducts because a bridge spans a river, but many of these structures span the river, railroad tracks, and sometimes streets. The Los Angeles River runs 51 miles (32 in the City of Los Angeles) from the confluence of Arroyo Calabasas and Bell Creek in Canoga Park in the west San Fernando Valley to Long Beach Harbor. This short river drops more vertical distance than the Mississippi River. This river, which is almost dry during the summer, can carry huge volumes of water during the rainy season and this has caused this wild river to change direction nine times in the recorded history of Los Angeles. In the early years of the 20th Century, the outlet was in Santa Monica Bay but the corse changed to Long Beach following a large flood. To contain the river and prevent devastating floods, the river was channelized (concrete walls and bottom for most if its length) in the 1930s. This river gave life to the City of Los Angeles which is now trying to restore life to the river.

Dozens of large and small bridges and viaducts cross this river, some are presented here.

4th_Street Viaduct, 1931

4th_Street Viaduct, 1931, replaced an older wooden bridge.
















6th Street Viaduct, 1932, 4000 feet long.


January 27, 2016, the 6th Street Viaduct closed. Demolition began shorlty after. The night before, hundreds of people gathered on the bridge to say goodbye. This iconic bridge will be replaced by a moden bridge scheduled to open in 2019.





















7th Street Viaduct




These graffiti artists were so humble in their creations, they hid their spray cans and pretended only to be admiring the art when the LA Conservancy tour bus pulled up.


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