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1st Street bridge to reopen after four-year widening project

First Street Bridge to reopen
The 1st Street bridge connecting the eastside to downtown Los Angeles is scheduled to formally reopen Tuesday after being closed for four years for a widening project.

City officials, including City Council members Jan Perry and Jose Huizar and Board of Public Works Commissioner Valerie Lynne Shaw, are set to attend the 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting on the north side of the bridge between Vignes Street and Mission Road. 

The bridge over the Los Angeles River was built in 1929. It was closed to clear a path for the Gold Line eastside extension linking Boyle Heights to downtown and to make more room for westbound traffic.


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Photo: Crews work on the 1st Street bridge over the Los Angeles River in 2008 as it was being widened to make room for the Gold Line extension. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

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