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Cabrillo Bridge Reopens After 5-Month Maintenance Shutdown

Above: Vintage automobiles cross the Cabrillo Bridge in Balboa Park after it was reopened after five months of maintenance.

The century-old Cabrillo Bridge in Balboa Park reopened to motor vehicles Monday following a five-month shutdown for maintenance.

The landmark overpass of state Route 163 had been closed to vehicles since the beginning of the year for a seismic retrofit project.

"This bridge will last for another hundred years, for generations of San Diegans to enjoy," Mayor Kevin Faulconer said at a midday ceremony that took place shortly before cars and trucks were allowed through.

The project by Caltrans to strengthen the bridge will continue through the fall, but traffic is now allowed to cross the roadway and enter Balboa Park. The bridge had been open only to pedestrians and bicyclists.

Workers are reinforcing the bridge's seven pedestals with an integrated mesh of steel reinforcements that will make it more resilient during an earthquake.

The bridge was first built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, the centennial of which will be commemorated next year.

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Syntropic | June 3, 2014 at 9:59 p.m. ― 4 months, 4 weeks ago

This Bridge leads to the ceremonial entrance to the Magic City of Dreams on the Hill, and should be reserved for ceremonial uses, shuttles, and emergency vehicles.
Instead masses of moving metal spewing noxious fumes and noise will assault the senses and health of pedestrians and runners while flowing through the Main Artery to the Heart of the pARK. Balboa pARK has the potential to become a modern "Noah's Ark" where people "Explore the Past - Create the Future."
Congratulations to The Horseless Carriage Club for helping people understand the past.

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