The First Street Viaduct is the second oldest of the classic Los Angeles River bridges designed by city engineer Merrill Butler. While the pylons supporting the bridge were strengthened and widened, engineers also replicated the historic railing on the north side and installed 32 replicas of the bridge’s original light fixtures.
With two additional westbound lanes on the north side, it will be much easier for motorists to make the trip from Boyle Heights to downtown Los Angeles. In addition, the westbound Metro Bus Line 30 will be running service over the bridge starting tomorrow.
The bridge opening ceremony was held yesterday.