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Historic NELA Bridge Headed For Demolition, But When?

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LA Creek Freak shares news of the impending demolition of the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge across the LA River, which sits practically underneath the intersection of the 5 and the 110 and very near the meeting of the LA River and the Arroyo Seco. Creek Freak has pictures of a sign near the bridge that says construction is supposed to be underway from August of 2011 to December of 2015, but so far there is no demolition action. Preservation Planner Edgar Garcia with the City Office of Historic Resources told Curbed today that the Bureau of Engineering will run the demolition, but they have been pushing back the date without giving much of an explanation. Garcia also explained why the bridge is getting demolished even though it was designated a Historic-Cultural Monument in 2008: "It's unfortunate because the environmental work on the demolition work was complete a year before the designation."

According to Creek Freak, the bridge was constructed in a patchwork in 1926, 1929, the 1930s, and the 1950s--the post has great photos of the bridge in its current (if temporary) state, as well as historic photos of the bridge at various points in the twentieth century and of the earlier Dayton Bridge, which was built in 1903 and demolished in 1927. The Riverside-Figueroa Bridge might not be the last of the LA River's bridges to go--the more commonly photographed Sixth Street Bridge is set to be replaced. As for the new bridge to connect Riverside and Figueroa, a planning process for nearby Confluence Park included a drawing of what the new bridge and park will look like.
· Say Goodbye to the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge [LA Creek Freak]