Orangevale Avenue Bridge
This historic bridge is within walking distance of my house. It’s not exactly famous, nor is it part of a major thoroughfare. It was built over Gold Creek in 1915, with a length of 160 feet, and was apparently designed to last for roughly 50 years. These photos, unless otherwise noted, were shot in January 2005, when the bridge was still very much in use.
Over the past several years there has been ongoing discussion between those wishing to replace this “functionally obsolete” bridge and those who recognize the historical value of the bridge — which became part of the Lincoln Highway in 1927 — and to restore and preserve it for future generations.
In 2005, the City of Folsom hoped to begin construction to replace the 18-foot-wide bridge with one that measured 43.5 feet wide. However that construction never happened. Now, with a new plan in place, rehabilitation of the existing bridge began in May 2016, and the bridge is currently closed to traffic.
January 28, 2017:
Black and white photos are from Images of America: Orangevale, Arcadia Publishing, 2006.