NELA’s Historic Riverside-Figueroa Bridge Being Demolished

An innovative proposal for re-use as a “landbridge” park could not save the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge. A lawsuit could not save it. Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Landmark Number 908 is on its way down.

The Riverside-Figueroa’s existing steel span structure dates to the late 1930s. The concrete-arched abutments date to the late 1920s.

In the name of safety and based on indefensible 25-year traffic projections, the city of Los Angeles’ Bridge Program is spending nearly $70 million to replace the bridge’s two-lane pinch-point with a freeway-scale 4-lane speedway.

The Eastsider already ran some great aerial photos of the demolition. SBLA complements that coverage with this demolition sequence photographed by Daveed Kapoor. The new freeway-scale bridge, half-completed and already open to car traffic, is visible in the upper left of the photos. 

Demolition underway on the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge. Photo: Daveed Kapoor

Demolition underway on the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge. Photo: Daveed Kapoor

Demolition work revealing the frame of the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge. Photo: Daveed Kapoor

Demolition work revealing the frame of the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge. Photo: Daveed Kapoor

Steel truss frame fully revealed during the demolition of the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge. Photo: Daveed Kapoor

Steel truss frame fully revealed during the demolition of the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge. Photo: Daveed Kapoor

See more of Daveed Kapoor’s work at his Instagram feed @daveedkapoor and his architecture practice website Utopiad.org. For more history on this unique landmark bridge, see this L.A. Creek Freak piece.