|August 2009 (34.1951 Degrees, -118.6014 Degrees) Los Angeles River Bridges|
London has the Thames and Paris has the Seine, but Los Angeles (an equally important city) has the Los Angeles River. The LA River is a 48 miles long (mostly concrete lined) channel that flows from Canoga Park (in the Valley) to the Pacific Ocean (in Long Beach). We'll spend the next few weeks studying some of the bridges (and the different neighborhoods) that the river passes through.
The source of the river is where Bell Creek and Arroyo Calabasas come together at Canoga Park High School (see photos above and below)). After it's creation, the river immediately flows under the Owensmouth Avenue Bridge, a single span precast girder bridge and the Canoga Avenue Bridges, which are two span precast girder bridges. The bridges will get more interesting as we continue downstream.
The river usually has some water flowing all year long. Actually, the river can't carry all the water during heavy rains due to all the surrounding development. At this location we are in the suburbs of the San Fernando Valley, which is somewhat monotonous but still has charm due to the tropical vegetation and the nicely landscaped yards and gardens.Los Angeles County, California Bridges: Owensmouth and Canoga Avenue Bridges across the Los Angeles River
by Mark Yashinsky
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