San Diego – Coronado Bay Bridge (State 75)

Opened: August 3, 1969

Type: Steel Deck Girder – Channel Span segment has orthotropic box girders

Length: 11288′

Maximum Height: 200′ between Piers 19 and 20.

By far the most recognized span in the San Diego area, this bridge crosses San Diego Bay linking the cities of San Diego and Coronado. The design of the bridge is fairly simple but effective. As there is a large naval base to the south of the bridge, it had to be built high enough for ships to pass. It also had to connect to I-5 and Coronado at specific points. Those combined together created the graceful curve on the western side of the bridge. Until 2002, this was a toll bridge.

San Diego - Coronado Bay Bridge, from Coronado.
San Diego – Coronado Bay Bridge, from Coronado.
View on the deck from the Coronado side. "Zipper" barrier is visible in the foreground.
View on the deck from the Coronado side. “Zipper” barrier is visible in the foreground.
Toll Plaza with the booths removed.
Toll Plaza with the booths removed.
Former toll gate still in place.
Former toll gate still in place.
Dedication plaque for the San Diego - Coronado Bay Bridge. Project was started under Governor Edmund G. Brown.
Dedication plaque for the San Diego – Coronado Bay Bridge. Project was started under Governor Edmund G. Brown.
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