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Mulholland Drive Bridge

 
 
Mulholland Drive Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 26, 2018
1. Mulholland Drive Bridge Marker
Inscription.  In 2012 this bridge replaced the historic Mulholland Drive overcrossing that was demolished to accommodate the widening of the San Diego Freeway (I-405). Built in 1959, the original bridge was determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004 for its exceptional engineering and construction. Designed by M.A. Shulman with the California Division of Highways, it was an impressive representation of early concrete box girder bridge construction, evidenced in its graceful lines and slim profile. The overcrossing was 579 feet long in three spans, and at the time of construction its 235 foot long central span was the longest of its type in the Western United States. It opened to traffic on April 7, 1960, two years prior to the completion of the freeway. Like the earlier bridge, the new Mulholland Drive overcrossing features three spans of arched concrete box girders, but with a span of 608 feet and a width of 82 feet, the new bridge is both 29 feet longer and 15 feet wider.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureBridges & ViaductsRoads & Vehicles.
 
Location.
Mulholland Drive Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 26, 2018
2. Mulholland Drive Bridge Marker
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34° 7.593′ N, 118° 28.457′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Mulholland Drive and Skirball Center Drive, on the right when traveling west on Mulholland Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Los Angeles CA 90077, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nike Missile Site LA96C (approx. 2.2 miles away); Melhorn Overlook (approx. 2.4 miles away); De La Osa Adobe (approx. 2.7 miles away); Harry J. Wolff House (approx. 3 miles away); Encino Oak Tree (approx. 3.1 miles away); Dickson Plaza and Dickson Court (approx. 4.2 miles away); Van Nuys Library (approx. 4.3 miles away); The Country General Store (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
 
Regarding Mulholland Drive Bridge. This area is known as the Sepulveda Pass, located between West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.
The bridge was replaced to increase the distance between the support columns, allowing for freeway widening.
During demolition, the freeway closure was expected to cause traffic problems, dubbed “Carmageddon”.
 
Bridge Viewed from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 26, 2018
3. Bridge Viewed from Marker
Mulholland Drive Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 26, 2018
4. Mulholland Drive Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 26, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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