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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  • An interesting bridge whether you drive over it or under it, walk across it or around it, or ride your bike across it or under it. Yes, I have done all of those things. The views are very...  more »
  • Visited as part of the #localadventurechallenge and I’m so glad I did! I’ve always wanted to see the bridge up close, having always seen it from a distance on the freeway. Easiest way to get there is....  more »
  • I believe this is the oldest bridge in this area & while it's not used as much, most people get a better view while traveling the newer freeways & seeing it across the way. It is truly a beautiful structure & one of the prettiest bridges I've ever seen. Viewed in lots of movies & also know to locals as suicide bridge. A uniquely classic site for an evening event; music, cars and people. Great views from a historic bridge.
  • At the bottom of the bridge there is a trail. Many people who live near by run, walk and dirt bike. It's a nice place to go for a walk. But be aware a lot of mosquitos tend to be bother your peaceful walk or whatever activity you are going to do.

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