Riverside Figueroa Bridge Demolition Underway

August 6, 2014 § 2 Comments

Riverside Drive Bridge 1926-2011 - photo copyright Osceola Refetoff

Riverside Drive Bridge as it looked in 2011 – photo copyright Osceola Refetoff

The city of Los Angeles is proceeding with demolition of  the historic Riverside-Figueroa Bridge over the L.A. River. I’ve been covering this story over at Streetsblog Los Angeles, see today’s article featuring sad photographs showing the bridge being torn up. It makes me sad that this neighborhood-scale bridge is being torn down in favor of a freeway-scale bridge. In this earlier post, I called the project “nothing but zombie engineers fulfilling a now obsolete paean to the automobile.” I don’t think I can outdo that characterization today.

Partially demolished bridge more-or-less as it appears today. Photo by Daveed Kapoor

Partially demolished bridge more-or-less as it appears today. Photo by Daveed Kapoor

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§ 2 Responses to Riverside Figueroa Bridge Demolition Underway

  • Elaine says:

    It was just too little, too late. If we’re going to impact infrastructure on the LA River – going forward – now’s the time to step up. Imagine what the Army Corps has in store for us with their several new pedestrian bridges in the ARBOR reach area.

  • Lloyd E Raynor says:

    In the Early 70’s, I worked at Highland Park Ford, on the corner of Ave 41 & Fig. Often I would spend my lunch hour (remember them?) exploring the area. The many wonderful bridges spanning the River and Arroyo Seco Parkway. I’ve now retired to Minnesota. Times have changed………

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