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.
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