Shakespeare Bridge in 1956
|Locale||Franklin Hills section of Los Angeles, California|
|Design||Open-spandrel reinforced concrete deck arch bridge|
|Total length||260 feet|
|Opened||1926 -- rebuilt 1998|
|Franklin Avenue Bridge
Shakespeare Bridge in 2007
|Designated||April 17, 1974|
The Shakespeare Bridge in the Franklin Hills section of Los Angeles, California, was built in 1926. It is made of concrete and decorated in a Gothic style. It was named after famous playwright William Shakespeare and later designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #126 in 1974.
The bridge was rebuilt in 1998 after the Northridge earthquake due to concerns that the structure would not be stable in the event of an earthquake in the Franklin Hills area. As part of the seismic retrofit, the deck, sidewalks, and railings were removed and reconstructed using reinforced concrete. The expansion joints were also removed, so the bridge deck is now a one-piece structural diaphragm built to transfer all seismic forces into the abutment walls at either end of the bridge. All of the rebuilding was done in an effort to preserve the historic appearance of the bridge.
- Los Angeles Department of City Planning (September 7, 2007). "Historic-Cultural Monuments (HCM) Listing: City Declared Monuments" (PDF). City of Los Angeles. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
- "Franklin Hills Residents Association Overview" (PDF). Summer 1998. Retrieved 2006-11-30.
- Historic Bridges of Los Angeles County
- Beau Bridges on Shakespeare Bridge
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