First Avenue Bridge
The bridge carrying First Avenue across Maple Canyon is a rare example of a steel arch bridge in San Diego. Built in 1931, the bridge was completely assembled on the floor of the mid-western fabrication plant, dismantled and shipped to San Diego. Originally known as the “Peoples Bridge”, it was erected at the instigation of property owners under the Improvement Act of 1911.
Length: 463.26 feet
Height: 104 feet
Construction: Steel arches hinged at concrete foundations
Designers: Allen & Rowe
How To Get There:
The bridge is located in Bankers Hill on First Avenue between Nutmeg and Palm avenues. Its western sidewalk offers spectacular views of San Diego Bay, Coronado and Point Loma.
Take a walk under the bridge through the floor of Maple Canyon, and enjoy the opportunity to study the detailed weave of the steel girders. Note the growth of eucalyptus trees since 1911.