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Colorado Street Bridge

Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA

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The historic 1913 Colorado Street (Boulevard) Bridge is located on Colorado Blvd just west of Orange Grove Blvd. It features ornate lighting and guardrails as it curves gracefully across the Arroyo Seco 150 feet below. The curve is the result of the search for a solid footing for the bridge piers. Due to wear from use and earthquake damage the bridge was closed from 1989 to 1993 when it reopened after extensive repairs and the addition of higher safety railings.

GPS: 34.14451, -118.16609


The bridge spans a total of 1,428 feet with tke longest span being 233 feet. The two lane roadbed is 28 feet wide with 5 foot wide sidewalks on both sides.

To view the bridge from below, take West Colorado Blvd to North Orange Grove Blvd, then take West Holly St west from North Orange Grove Blvd and turn on Arroyo Dr which joins with North Arroyo Blvd.

This grand old bridge was placed on the NRHP in 1981.

Photo(s): 2015