US 99 – Santa Clara River Bridge

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Santa Clara River Bridge

Northbound view of the 1929 Santa Clara River Bridge
Northbound view of the 1928 Santa Clara River Bridge
Original 1928 railing on the eastern side of the bridge.
Original 1928 railing on the eastern side of the bridge.
Looking north over the bridge.
Looking north over the bridge.
Beneath the bridge.
Beneath the bridge.
1929 view of the Santa Clara River Bridge.
1929 view of the Santa Clara River Bridge.

This bridge was completed June 13, 1928 at a cost of about $200,000 in 1928 dollars. It has remained unchanged since then other than the different railing on the west side. The structure consists of steel girders supported by concrete pilings. Underneath the bridge, it looks identical to the 1932 side of the Piru Creek Bridge. This bridge will be replaced however in the near future by a wider bridge. The old bridge, for the Ridge Route, was washed out when the St. Francis Dam broke on March 13, 1928. A temporary structure was built in the interim while the new bridge was under construction.

Right of way monument (C Monument) along the old river bridge approach.
Right of way monument (C Monument) along the old river bridge approach.
Looking toward the current alignment. Well defined crack at the left roadway edge marks the edge of the old paving.
Looking toward the current alignment. Well defined crack at the left roadway edge marks the edge of the old paving.
Old alignment curving toward the bridge is visible as a curved crack in the paving.
Old alignment curving toward the bridge is visible as a curved crack in the paving.
View of south pier from the 1916 bridge just west of the current alignment of US 99.
View of south pier from the 1916 bridge just west of the current alignment of US 99.
Original Santa Clara River bridge. Postcard is mislabeled as Castaic Creek, which was a thru-girder style.
Original Santa Clara River bridge. Postcard is mislabeled as Castaic Creek, which was a thru-girder style.
1916 bridge just after the St. Francis Dam collapsed.
1916 bridge just after the St. Francis Dam collapsed.

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