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Glendale in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Riverside Drive Bridge

 
 
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By Craig Baker, January 25, 2019
1. Riverside Drive Bridge Marker
Inscription.  Originally known as the Victory Boulevard bridge, the Riverside Drive bridge was constructed in 1938 to improve a bottleneck caused by an earlier wooden bridge. It was partially funded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA). It is a concrete t-beam girder bridge with five spans over the river and measures 381 feet in length. It is designed in the art deco style with striping along the tops of the piers, horizontal bands below the railings, and geometric shapes on the face of the bridge. It was determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places on December 7, 2005 and was designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #910 in 2008. The Riverside Drive bridge was seismically retrofitted in 1992, and then between 2015 and 2017, it was widened on its east side by approximately 19 feet to provide a median, wider shoulders, and wider sidewalks. The bridge railings, light posts, and lanterns were replaced as part of the project. The new railings are identical to the original railings, with the exception of the size of the window openings, which have been narrowed to meet code requirements.
Riverside Drive Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, January 25, 2019
2. Riverside Drive Bridge Marker
The new light posts and lanterns are replicas retrofitted with LED fixtures. The widened side of the bridge was designed to complement the original art deco style of the bridge.
 
Erected 2018. (Marker Number 910.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
 
Location. 34° 9.381′ N, 118° 17.66′ W. Marker is in Glendale, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Riverside Drive near Victory Boulevard, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glendale CA 91201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grand Central Air Terminal (approx. 0.6 miles away); Spirit of the CCC (approx. ¾ mile away); Special Delivery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of the Old Los Angeles Zoo (approx. 1.6 miles away); Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round (approx. 1.7 miles away); Lockheed F-104 Starfighter (approx. 1.8 miles away); Adobe of the Rancho Los Feliz (approx. 1.8 miles away); Story Hardware (approx. 1.9 miles away).
 
Categories. ArchitectureBridges & Viaducts
 
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By Craig Baker, January 25, 2019
3. Riverside Drive Bridge
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By Craig Baker, January 25, 2019
4. Riverside Drive Bridge
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By Craig Baker, January 25, 2019
5. Riverside Drive Bridge
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 26, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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