California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009

Contact: Public Information Officer Hayden Manning

Phone: (619) 688-6670

San Diego-Coronado Bridge Turns 40

SAN DIEGO – Almost 40 years to the day it opened, State and Local officials along with community members from almost all corners of San Diego celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge.  

“The bridge brought together the two regions by providing a modern means of transportation and joining two cultures that have grown together in the past 40 year,” said California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Director Randell Iwasaki on his first day in office.

In those 40 years the bridge has become San Diego’s most notable landmark. Ironically, one of the bridge’s main architects didn’t want a bridge. 

Retired Architect Robert Mosher said, “While growing up in Stanton Island (New York) I didn’t like the way those bridges ruined the quality of the environment.  I wanted to design the best bridge possible.” 

Iwasaki added that the bridge’s distinctive towers and graceful curve added a striking new landmark to the harbor area. And In 1970, it received the Most Beautiful Bridge Award of Merit from the American Institute of Steel Construction.  

Caltrans will celebrate the anniversary all month long. A website is setup at www.dot.ca.gov/dist11 that showcases photographs of the bridge being built and photographs from the bridge’s opening day. The department is also teaming up with the San Diego Bicycle Coalition to let people ride their bicycles over the bridge on Sunday, August 30. Information on that event can be found at www.bikethebay.net.

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