California loop

Total distance: 5125.81 mi
Max elevation: 10125 ft
Min elevation: -299 ft
Average speed: 18.42 m/s
Total time: 07:49:31
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Bridges

Washington Blvd bridge


https://bridgehunter.com/ca/los-angeles/bh36678/
HistoryBuilt 1931
Design
Concrete tee beam
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 62.0 ft.
Total length: 312.0 ft.
Deck width: 56.1 ft.

Olympic Blvd Bridge


https://bridgehunter.com/ca/los-angeles/53C0163/

Built 1925

Open-spandrel concrete arch

Length of largest span: 99.7 ft.
Total length: 1,422.0 ft.
Deck width: 56.4 ft.
Recognition

olympic ave was renamed from 10th street for the 1932 olympics. 
Bridge has olympic torches as part of it’s design.

7th street Bridge
http://bridgehunter.com/ca/los-angeles/53C1321/
History
Built 1910, Second Deck added 1927, Seismic Retrofit 1995
Builders
– Lang & Bergstrom
– Merrill Butler
Railroads
– Los Angeles Railway (LARy)
– Los Angeles Transit Lines (LATL)
– Streetcar
Design
Closed-spandrel concrete arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 91.9 ft.
Total length: 1,000.0 ft.
Deck width: 56.1 ft.

This bridge was built in two stages. In 1910 the lower level was built at grade to allow trolleys across the river, which was unlined and much lower than now due to the LA River being on open quarry for aggregate mining. In in mid-1920’s it was decided to raise the bridge above grade as the trolley and automobile traffic was at 90o to the freight traffic going north south. Rather than demolish the bridge, they simply built on top of the existing bridge. The second deck is above the first and the same columns were used. Despite appearances, it is not a true double decked bridge as the lower deck is not connected to either bank. All traffic goes on the top deck.

6th Street Bridge


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4th Street Viaduct


http://bridgehunter.com/ca/los-angeles/53C0331/
Built 1928
Design
Open-spandrel concrete arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 88.9 ft.
Total length: 390.1 ft.

1st Street Bridge


http://bridgehunter.com/ca/los-angeles/53C1166/
History
Built 1929
Builders
– Henry G. Parker (City Engineer)
– Merrill Butler
– Mittry Brothers Construction Co.
Railroads
– Los Angeles Railway (LARy)
– Los Angeles Transit Lines (LATL)
– Streetcar
Design
Open-spandrel concrete arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 148.0 ft.
Total length: 1,327.2 ft.

Cesar Chavez Avenue Bridge

http://bridgehunter.com/ca/los-angeles/530130/
History
Bult before 1875, Replaced in 1926; Seismic Upgrade 1995
Builder
– Merrill Butler
Railroads
– Interurban
– Los Angeles Railway (LARy)
– Los Angeles Transit Lines (LATL)
– Pacific Electric Railway (PE)
– Streetcar
Design
Open spandrel concrete arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 240.2 ft.
Total length: 1,027.0 ft.
Deck width: 56.1 ft.

North Main Street Bridge


http://bridgehunter.com/ca/los-angeles/53C1010/

Built 1910
Builders
– Carl Leonardt
– H.G. Parker
– T. T. Polich & Associates (2010 Upgrade Contractor)
Design
Open-spandrel concrete arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 97.1 ft.
Total length: 299.9 ft.
Deck width: 56.1 ft.

North Spring Street Bridge


http://bridgehunter.com/ca/los-angeles/53C0859/
Future prospects
The city’s Bureau of Engineering (BOE) is rushing to approve a project that would dramatically widen the North Spring Street Viaduct — nearly doubling its width, stripping away all historic ornamentation, and eliminating the bridge’s eligibility as a city landmark.

Built 1928; Rehabilitated 1939; Seismic upgrade 1992
Builders
– John C. Shaw
– Western Construction Co.
Design
Open-spandrel concrete arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 146.0 ft.
Total length: 682.1 ft.
Deck width: 39.7 ft.

North Broadway Viaduct


http://bridgehunter.com/ca/los-angeles/53C0545/

Built 1909; rehabilitated 1974
Builder
– Homer Hamlin
Railroads
– Los Angeles Railway (LARy)
– Streetcar
Design
Open-spandrel concrete arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 130.9 ft.
Total length: 866.2 ft.
Deck width: 56.1 ft.

Merrill Butler

http://articles.latimes.com/2000/oct/08/magazine/tm-33536

The bridges–1st Street, 4th Street, 6th Street, 7th Street, 9th Street, Spring Street, Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard (formerly Macy Street), Olympic Boulevard and (Washington blvd) were built to relieve congestion at the river, where pedestrian, automobile and trolley traffic intersected with copious railroad activity. The new spans replaced ugly, rusting, but easily manufactured iron-truss structures.

MERRILL BUTLER WAS BORN IN UPSTATE NEW YORK AND GRADUATED from the old Los Angeles Polytechnic High School downtown. He never went to college, but learned civil engineering via correspondence courses.

El Mirage – West Loop

Total distance: 25.5 mi
Max elevation: 3648 ft
Min elevation: 2838 ft
Average speed: 7.62 m/s
Total time: 04:10:29
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Tracks!

Total distance: 42.8 mi
Max elevation: 512 ft
Min elevation: -62 ft
Average speed: 6.52 m/s
Total time: 10:03:26
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Braaapppp

Total distance: 233.07 mi
Max elevation: 3258 ft
Min elevation: 371 ft
Average speed: 15.95 m/s
Total time: 11:31:27
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California Small Loop

Kel and I did a quick loop around the lower half of California in September.  We didn’t take many photos for some reason and I was stressed out the entire time because of work obligations the following week.  Photos and tracks for reference below.

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Total distance: 1493.31 mi
Max elevation: 8143 ft
Min elevation: -157 ft
Average speed: 20.76 m/s
Total time: 00:45:01
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LA -> NV -> MEX

Los Angeles, to the middle of Nevada, to Mexico and back.  Missing a lot of photos, but you get the point.  Tracks below…

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-f 20160603.gpx -i gpx -f 20160606.gpx -x track,merge,title=”COMBINED LOG” -o gpx
-F LA_AZ_MEX.gpx

Total distance: 2129.84 mi
Max elevation: 10102 ft
Min elevation: -135 ft
Average speed: 21.94 m/s
Total time: 05:51:23
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Ocotillo Wells

Tracks for Ocotillo Wells state OHV area.

Total distance: 55.43 mi
Max elevation: 351 ft
Min elevation: 13 ft
Average speed: 6.78 m/s
Total time: 06:26:29
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Camp Verde

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Total distance: 1050 mi
Max elevation: 7044 ft
Min elevation: 276 ft
Average speed: 0.00 m/s
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