Henry Ford Bridge

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Henry Ford Bridge
Commodore Schuyler F Heim Bridge 2003.jpg
Henry Ford Bridge (lower, in background), and the Commodore Schuyler F. Heim Bridge, at the Port of Los Angeles.
Other name(s) Badger Avenue Bridge
Carries Pacific Harbor Line
Crosses Cerritos Channel
Locale Los Angeles, California
Design 1996–present: vertical-lift bridge
1924–1996: bascule bridge
Vertical clearance 165 feet (50 m)
Opened 1924
Coordinates 33°45′58″N 118°14′25″W / 33.76611°N 118.24028°W / 33.76611; -118.24028
The 1924 Henry Ford Bridge in the half-closed position as seen in 1994.

The Henry Ford Bridge, also known as the Badger Avenue Bridge, carries the Pacific Harbor Line railroad across the Cerritos Channel to Terminal Island from San Pedro, to serve the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach. It is located in Los Angeles County, Southern California. It was built to accommodate operations at the Ford Long Beach Assembly plant which opened in 1930 and was closed in 1959.

The original 1924 bascule bridge was dismantled and replaced in 1996 by a vertical-lift bridge.[1]

Bascule bridge[edit]

The contract for the bascule bridge was placed by The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners in 1922. The bridge was designed by Joseph Baermann Strauss and fabricated by the American Bridge Company.[2]

It was formed of a pair of 110 feet (34 m) trunnion bascule leaves which formed a one span Warren through truss. There were two 50 feet (15 m) tower spans and two 200 feet (61 m) timber approaches.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "CA-103 Commodore Schuyler F. Heim/Henry Ford Bridge". Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Port of Los Angeles Visual History Tour - Badger Avenue Bridge". Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Henry Ford Bridge". February 6, 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 

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