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Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena

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The Colorado Street Bridge is a historic concrete arch bridge spanning the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena, California.
The Colorado Street Bridge was designed and built in 1912 at a total cost of $191,000. The bridge was designed by the firm of Waddell & Harrington, based in Kansas City, Missouri. The structure carries Colorado Boulevard (then called "Colorado Street"), the major east-west thoroughfare connecting Pasadena with Eagle Rock and Glendale to the west, and with Monrovia to the east. Colorado Street Bridge replaced the small Scoville bridge locate near the bottom of the Arroyo Seco.
The bridge spans 1,486 feet (453 m) at a maximum height of 150 feet (45 m) and is notable for its distinctive Beaux Arts arches, light standards, and railings. The bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
In the 1970s, the bridge was a filming location in Episode 13 of the TV series Emergency! fifth season where a boy was shown trapped (the bridge was given the fictitious name Johnson Canyon Bridge in the episode). In 1989, after the Loma Prieta earthquake in Northern California, the bridge was declared a seismic hazard and closed to traffic. It was reopened in 1993 after a substantial retrofit. The bridge is closed each summer for a festival, "A Celebration on the Colorado Street Bridge", hosted by historic preservation group Pasadena Heritage.
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  • This is a cool 100+ year old bridge but its best seen NOT on the bridge. Its beauty is from below or from the sides. Driving across gives you little pleasure. 
    This is a cool 100+ year old bridge but its best seen NOT on the bridge. Its beauty is from below or from the sides. Driving across gives you little pleasure.  more »
  • This is a beautiful and historic bridge which has featured in movies. Like other reviewers have mentioned it is sad to spoil the aesthetics of this bridge with fencing to deter suicide leaps. 
    This is a beautiful and historic bridge which has featured in movies. Like other reviewers have mentioned it is sad to spoil the aesthetics of this bridge with fencing to deter suicide leaps.  more »
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  • The construction of this bridge is remarkable. It's beautifully built and all these years, still grabs the attention of anyone within view. There's an adorable little park and trail directly under it which makes this place a gem located located underneath a gigantic treasure trove! I recommend stopping by and reading the interesting history throughout to he park. I also caution anyone coming late in the evening or early in the morning, if you have small pets or children do not allow any distance between your loved ones because there are lots of coyotes and the they are big, healthy and not afraid. Just a reminder to anyone willing to control the coyote population, they are not game animals, so like rodents in your garage, kill them all and don't wait for the next coyote attack.
  • Tried walking there but the bridge is closed to pedestrians and to get the view of the bridge you have to walk around the fence they have. Got to the bottom and they have a nice park. The bridge has a few curves in the road so getting a photo of the whole bridge from the park is difficult. Nice place to visit for a few minutes though.

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