World record bridge spans Lake Hodges!

Did you know there’s a world record bridge in San Diego’s North County?

The David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge is the longest stress ribbon bridge in the world!

You’ve possibly seen the 990 foot long bridge when driving up Interstate 15 next to Lake Hodges. I walked across the remarkable bridge yesterday and noticed several information signs describing its history and unique characteristics.

The San Dieguito River travels 55 miles to the Pacific Ocean. In 1918 this section of the river was dammed creating the reservoir Lake Hodges, which has 27 miles of shoreline. The watershed of Lake Hodges covers 248 square miles.

Lake Hodges was designated a Globally Important Birding Area in 1999.

(When I was a young man, I fished with a friend for bass in Lake Hodges.)

Historic old U.S. Highway 395 became a wide hiking trail that passes by these signs.

Several bridges have spanned the water over the past century, including a wooden pile bridge near Mule Hill that was washed away after the creation of Lake Hodges.

Pictured in the above sign is the Bernardo-Lake Hodges Station Bridge in 1919. It was demolished when a nearby 1955 bridge was replaced by the dual bridges that serve Interstate 15 today.

The David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge opened in 2009.

The world record bridge’s design features a long thin ribbon of concrete that produces low visual impact. Enlarge my photo of the above sign to read details of the stress ribbon bridge’s construction.

The bridge provides an elegantly simple passage through the beauty of the lake and its trees.

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Richard Schulte

Downtown San Diego has been my home for many years. My online activities reflect my love for writing, blogging, walking and photography.

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