|June 2014 (37.76889 Degrees, -122.23000 Degrees) Fruitvale Avenue Bridges|
The Fruitvale Railroad Bridge was built in 1951 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The contractors included Ben Gerwick and Southern Pacific. It cost just under a million dollars to build. The USACE owns the bridge but it is operated and maintained by Alameda County. The bridge includes 185 ft tall towers and a 200 ft long lift span. Although it provides 13 ft of vertical clearance when closed, it is normally kept at 65 ft (mid-open), and can be raised to 135 ft if necessary. The bridge usually carries only one or two trains a day.
The Fruitvale Avenue Road Bridge was built in 1973 by the USACE and it won several awards. The contractor was Hensel Phelps Construction and the designer was McCerary-Koretsky with material and technical support from Kaiser Steel. The bridge is 395 ft long with a 128 ft long bascule span and carries about 14,000 vehicles a day.
Alameda County, California Bridges: Fruitvale Avenue Bridges across the Oakland Estuary by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.