The La Loma Bridge, originally constructed in 1914, is undergoing a seismic retrofit and rehabilitation. The bridge will be closed for 18 months, with construction beginning in summer 2015 and the anticipated completion in winter 2016. The scope of the project involves replacement of bridge deck; rehabilitation of the arches and spandrel columns; and strengthening the end piers. The estimated cost of the project is approximately $16 million. Project funding consists of $13.3 million in federal funds and $2.7 million City funds. The La Loma Bridge Project is a collaborative effort between the City of Pasadena and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).
During construction traffic will be detoured to other bridges across the Arroyo Seco. Residents will be able to cross using the Colorado Boulevard Bridge to access areas north of La Loma Bridge, and will be able to use the San Rafael Bridge to access areas south of La Loma Bridge. The Department of Public Works is creating a traffic management plan to assist the flow of traffic.
About the Projects
- The La Loma Bridge Project is a collaborative effort between the City of Pasadena and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
- Will retrofit and rehabilitate the historic neoclassical revival design bridge that spans the Arroyo Seco
- The Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) was established in 1969 to document and save historic bridges in the United States. The documentation produced by HAER provides a permanent record of the nation’s most important historic sites and large-scale objects as well as raises awareness of bridges that require rehabilitation and restoration. The completed HAER document developed for the John K. Van De Kamp Bridge, formerly known as La Loma Bridge can be accessed here.Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) – John K Van De Kamp Bridge
- Replacement and widening of the bridge deck by one foot oneach side to meet federal design standards
- Rehabilitation of arches and spandrel columns to restore the overall appearance of the bridge
- Strengthening of the end piers and Historic decorative railing and streetlights
- Construction Mobilization Date: June 2015
- Bridge Closure Date: July 2015
- Anticipated Bridge Opening Date: December 2016
- Typical construction hours: Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Pasadena Municipal Code allows for work from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Arroyo Seco Trail Access
Please note changes in Lower Arroyo Seco Trail access beginning July 2015 through December 2017.
*Beginning Fall 2015 through Spring 2016, trail access on the east side of the channel (under La Loma Bridge) will be closed between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. Signs will be posted designating a detour trail route.*
- Trail access closure at La Loma Bridge
- Trail closure: West side, North and South of La Loma Bridge
- Limited trail access: East trail will be open during construction with a wood covered passageway through the construction zone. Periodic closures will occur and a detour route is shown on the map below. Equestrian access is available; ride with caution.
Traffic Management Plan & Detours
• October 30, 2016
The stem and soffit pour occurred on October 3, 2016....
• September 30, 2016
The contractor spent the month preparing for the "stem and...
• August 30, 2016
Construction of the East Abutment and associated items are completed....
• July 30, 2016
Construction work will continue with the placement of interior forms...
• June 30, 2016
Backfill of the west abutment and retaining wall was completed....
• May 30, 2016
Construction of the west abutment and retaining wall at the...
• April 7, 2016
Contractor began construction of the west abutment, and forming and...
• March 3, 2016
Pile driving operation at the west abutment is complete and...
• February 2, 2016
Bridge deck demolition continues throughout the month. The contractor begun...
• January 30, 2016
Bridge deck demolition is underway and is expected to continue...
• December 12, 2015
December 2015 Construction of the temporary sewer bypass is currently...
• November 11, 2015
November 2015 A majority of the work continues below the...
• October 6, 2015
October 2015 The asphalt concrete has been removed from the bridge...
• September 15, 2015
September 2015 Pasadena Water and Power Department completed the power...