A sky-high view of the Figueroa-Riverside Bridge demolition


The old bridge (bottom) is being dismantled as traffic travels on replacement bridge | TopViewPix

The Figueroa-Riverside Bridge appears to be getting more attention in its final days than it had in the previous decades as its demolition is chronicled  from different angles. These aerial shots came from TopViewPix, an aerial real estate photography firm that is located a short distance from the bridge in Elysian Valley.

This trio of photos were taken on July 31 at about 6:30 p.m. by a 16-megapixel camera mounted on a remote-controlled drone called a hexacopter, said Alex Vendler of TopViewPix.  The bridge is to be demolished in phases  as a replacement is constructed a few feet away.

Workers began to dismantle the L.A. River span linking Cypress Park and Elysian Valley late last month after activists failed to halt its destruction and reuse it as a landbridge.

“It’s a shame to see that old structure go to waste but the bare frame is quite interesting to see exposed,” Vendler said.

A view of the steel structure that supported the old bridge that crossed the L.A. River and train tracks | TopViewPix

Demolition is expected to take place through September | TopViewPix

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  1. Wow that is such a shame that it couldn’t have been preserved as a pedestrian amenity. Granted the traffic noise would be pretty non-stop, but as an alternative to crossing the river to get to Elysian park it certainly seemed interesting.

  2. Looks pretty sturdy, why was it replaced?

    • The bridge was replaced because the engineers at the Bureau of Engineering though a bridge that required drivers to slow to 15 mph to turn was a problem. So, they found a way to get some federal money to make a highway-style banked freeway onramp wannabe bridge in exchange for tearing down the old bridge – early designs would have cut into the old bridge. The new bridge went through some revisions and the old bridge could have mostly stayed (the new bridge was moved away from the old one in construction designs) but the decision to rip out the old bridge was locked in place by politics.

      The engineers will say the old bridge was “structurally deficient” but what they are really saying is “a car had to slow down to 15mph to make the turn on Riverside”.

  3. It’s a shame that old bridge had such character, beautiful sidewalks on the far end near the freeway roads etc……

    • Everyone! The new bridge has ample bike and pedestrian pathways. You won’t need to wade the river to the other side. Why people keep saying these mistruths when they know better is befuddling. Are we so ready to blame and find fault in government that we make things up to convince ourselves of our disappointment?

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