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Old February 28th, 2006, 08:01 AM   #1
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The Coronado bridge in San Diego I love it.

BRIDGE HISTORY


The San Diego-Coronado Bridge built with an eye to appearance as well as transportation service, has become a symbol of the San Diego area-just as the Golden Gate and San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridges symbolize that area around the world. Its distinctive towers and graceful curve are a striking landmark in the harbor area. In 1970, it received the Most Beautiful Bridge Award of Merit from the American Institute of Steel Construction. The bridge was financed by a California Toll Bridge Authority $47.6 million bond issue which has since been repaid from toll revenue. It is one of nine State-owned toll bridges. Construction started in February 1967, and the bridge was opened to traffic on August 3, 1969 during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of San Diego.






























































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Old February 28th, 2006, 08:20 AM   #2
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I've always found that curve really interesting. It's a nice smooth curve. As for beautiful, it really depends on the person. I can't imagine a suspension or cable-stayed bridge there. I guess that was the perfect bridge to build there.
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Old February 28th, 2006, 10:14 AM   #3
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I used to live a block south from there, 25th and L st
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Old February 28th, 2006, 06:18 PM   #4
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Great pics..I loved going across it when I went to SD, gives such nice views
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Old February 28th, 2006, 11:29 PM   #5
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It always reminded me of a freeway off-ramp, and they need to paint it in one uniform color instead of having it be light blue on the sides and then a darker blue in the middle.

But besides that, its beautiful.
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Old March 2nd, 2006, 04:19 AM   #6
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Definitively The Coronado Bridge Is the symbol of San Diego
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Old March 2nd, 2006, 04:20 AM   #7
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i think the "freeway on stilts" design is in general a boring type of bridge structure. however, it works really well here. there is a grace about the bridge's simplicity. the devil is as always, in the details.

the wavy, asymmetrical structure is reminiscent of the water. the blue paint also ties in with this theme.

in the 8th photo or so, u can see the movable barrier system. they really really need to do that shit on the golden gate. alot of ppl find the pylons to be scary, including me.
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Old March 2nd, 2006, 09:22 AM   #8
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^ what pylons?
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Old March 3rd, 2006, 02:25 AM   #9
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Now let's take a drive over the bridge -



Hotel Del and Point Loma zoomed in


Notice there's no shoulder, so you are essentially driving along the edge...yikes!!


Midspan




Downtown zoom


Glorious view from Coronado


Back towards San Diego
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Old March 3rd, 2006, 11:11 PM   #10
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Wow nice angles. Did you take those pictures??
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I loved my trips to San Diego. A great city.
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Nice bridge, bring excitement to San Diego*
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Interesting notes about the bridge as well.

The arches in the supports are meant to evoke images of Mission bells.

There is only one call box on each side of the bridge. It's midspan. Reason for the call boxes. Suicide prevention.
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Didn't know that. Very interesting.

Their have been a few suicides from what I can remember. Also that time a group of sailors plumeted into the bay when they hit the guard rail. Or the time that truck went over the San Diego side and landed on the train tracks.
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Old March 6th, 2006, 07:00 AM   #15
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Thanks for the bridge trivia, rj2uman. Stuff like that is always cool to know.


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Wow nice angles. Did you take those pictures??
No, I found them online.
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Interesting notes about the bridge as well.

There is only one call box on each side of the bridge. It's midspan. Reason for the call boxes. Suicide prevention.

The bridge is connected to the 5 FWY. In California all highways have call boxes every mile or so.....
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Old March 6th, 2006, 08:37 AM   #17
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well officialy it's state route 75
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Old March 8th, 2006, 08:06 AM   #18
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The bridge is connected to the 5 FWY. In California all highways have call boxes every mile or so.....

Yes but these call boxes are meant for jumpers. Not for breakdowns. They were installed YEARS before there were call boxes every mile on CA highways.
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Old March 11th, 2006, 06:17 AM   #19
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I love this bridge. Its so different from a lot of the other major bridges in California.
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Old July 25th, 2018, 06:46 PM   #20
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Impressive
Which year was it built?
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