SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A bridge in San Diego that was rushed to completion in the early months of World War II, and that has been standing unused for decades, will be torn down in April, city officials said Friday.
The "Consolidated Truck Road Bridge" spans over Pacific Highway between the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and the aircraft factory near Old Town, now called the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center.
The bridge was hurriedly built in 1942 to connect the Consolidated Aircraft factory with the military installations and other manufacturing plants along Pacific Highway, then called U.S. 101.
During World War II, tractors used the bridge to ferry engines from factories near Lindbergh Field over U.S. 101 to the big airplane construction hangars that still stand near Old Town. The bridge was disguised with camouflage during the post-Pearl Harbor days to dupe any possible Japanese bomber pilots.
At the same spot where it crosses over the freeway, an underpass carries Witherby Street under Pacific Highway -- making this the site of San Diego's first multi-level interchange. U.S. 101 was eliminated when Interstate 5 opened in the early 1970s, and airplane assembly ended decades before that.
The old overpass has been unused for decades, and Caltrans has rated it seismically unsafe, said San Diego Community and Economic Development spokesman Eric Symons. It will be torn down over two weekends in April.
Thanksgiving could see record-setting heat in San Diego County, according to forecasters, who also reported the smashing of temperature records across the county on Wednesday.
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and holiday shopping are on tap for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
Your living room often becomes your work space if you work from home. If you have kids, the house can be even more chaotic. Well now, more women are able to take 10-15 steps out of their home and into their "she shed."
Around 60,000 passengers are expected to pass through San Diego's Lindbergh Field daily during the upcoming holiday weekend.
Thanksgiving meals were provided to the needy around San Diego County Wednesday, one day ahead of the holiday.
A pedestrian was killed Wednesday night in a hit-and-run crash in the Mountain View section of San Diego and police detained the driver, who fled the scene on foot after the vehicle struck a house.
U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft were searching in the Philippine Sea on Thursday for three sailors missing since a U.S. Navy aircraft crashed a day earlier.
A decomposing body found inside a 55-gallon barrel that was floating in the San Diego Bay last month has been identified.
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."