Category Archives: Roads

Image of the Week – 3/15/15

Interstate 5 under construction at Magic Mountain Parkway in 1964.
Interstate 5 under construction at Magic Mountain Parkway and the Santa Clara River in 1964. Old US 99 is visible on the right side.

Image of the Week – 3/9/15

St. Francis Dam site in 2006 from the reservoir side. The crumbling remains of the wing dam are visible on the ridge to the right.
St. Francis Dam site in 2006 from the reservoir side. The crumbling remains of the wing dam are visible on the ridge to the right.

March 12, 2015 will mark the 87th anniversary of the collapse of the St Francis Dam in San Francisquito Canyon, Los Angeles County, California. The collapse occurred just before midnight on March 12, 1928. It is still California’s second largest disaster in terms of lives lost. Approximately 500 people died in the ensuing flood which flowed to the ocean near Oxnard, CA along the Santa Clara River Valley. Only the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire exceeds the number.

Image of the Week – 3/2/15

Burro on the Trona-Wildrose Road on the descent into Panamint Valley in February 2006.
Burro on the Trona-Wildrose Road on the descent into Panamint Valley in February 2006.

Image of the Week – 2/23/15

I-5 and State 110 Interchange in 1962, looking northerly along the Arroyo Seco Parkway (State 110, then  US 66).
I-5 and State 110 Interchange in 1962, looking northerly along the Arroyo Seco Parkway (State 110, then US 66).

Image of the Week – 2/16/15

Mt Baldy Road, Lower Tunnel. Built in 1949.
Mt Baldy Road, Lower Tunnel. Built in 1949.

Victoria Bridge in Riverside, CA

Built in 1928, the Victoria Bridge crosses the Tequesquite Arroyo in style. This bridge was built to carry streetcars on Victoria Avenue across the arroyo as well as auto and horse carriage traffic. It is a rare example in Southern California of an arch bridge of this magnitude crossing a generally dry location. The deck and railing were restored in the early 2000’s to their original 1920’s appearance.

Victoria Avenue in the Riverside area itself is a rather beautiful roadway to travel. It was constructed in the early 1900’s as such a roadway and retains most of the original features today, south of this bridge. Quite a few miles of the roadway are comprised of a two-lane divided roadway surrounded by orange groves. These orange groves comprise some of the last remaining groves in Southern California. It is significant as the Riverside area was home to the original orange groves that were planted in the late 1800’s in Southern California.

Side view showing the multiple arch span.
Side view showing the multiple arch span.
Deck view with the restored railing and lighting.
Deck view with the restored railing and lighting.
New dedication plaque.
New dedication plaque.

Image of the Week – 12/26/14

Photo of the Week  – 12/26

City signage for former State 274 in the Clairemont area of San Diego.
City signage for former State 274 in the Clairemont area of San Diego.

Image of the Week – 12/21/14

Late 1950's view of the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) at the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) with the original signage and route numbers.
Late 1950’s view of the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) at the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) with the original signage and route numbers.

Image of the Week – 11/30/14

100' Below Sea Level in Death Valley near Furnace Creek.
100′ Below Sea Level in Death Valley near Furnace Creek.

Image of the Week – 10/14/14

Old State 78 near Santa Ysabel with 1920's concrete.
Old State 78 near Santa Ysabel with 1920’s concrete.