Leimert Bridge

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Leimert Bridge
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Coordinates 37°48′44.22″N122°12′47.97″W / 37.8122833°N 122.2133250°W / 37.8122833; -122.2133250 Coordinates: 37°48′44.22″N122°12′47.97″W / 37.8122833°N 122.2133250°W / 37.8122833; -122.2133250
CrossesSausal Creek
LocaleOakland, California
Characteristics
DesignGeorge Posey
MaterialCement and steel
Total length357 ft
Height117 ft
History
Constructed byWalter H. Leimert
Opened1926
Designated1980
Reference no.40
Leimert Bridge

Leimert Bridge is located in the Oakmore neighborhood of Oakland, California. It spans 357 ft (109 m) and is 117 ft (36 m) high above Sausal Creek. It is a cement and steel arch bridge. When it was built in 1926, it was the largest single-span bridge on the West Coast.

The bridge was designed by George Posey who also designed the Posey Tube tunnel between Oakland and Alameda.

Realtor Walter H. Leimert built the bridge in order to develop the Oakmore Heights area. The Park Boulevard #18 street car line spurred off the Key System and crossed the bridge connecting Oakmore to central Oakland until the late 1940s; the streetcar power lines were then converted to street lighting.

It became a City of Oakland landmark in 1980.

The multi-use trails of Dimond Canyon travel under the bridge and can be accessed from the Dimond Canyon Trail off El Centro Ave, or Old Cañon Trail off Benevides Ave.

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References

Mailman. Erika. Oakland Hills (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing. 2004. ISBN   0-7385-2926-5