PASADENA, Calif.—The public is invited to attend a special plaque unveiling and bridge renaming ceremony beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 24, 2017 for the “John K. Van de Kamp Bridge” formerly known as the La Loma Bridge.
The formal program begins at 9 a.m. with opening remarks by City officials, a dedication ceremony, musical tribute, a “Grand Walk” across the bridge, reception and formal opening of the bridge to both pedestrians and motorists. The ceremony takes place at the historic bridge, at La Loma Road and South Arroyo Boulevard. Contact Ms. Takako Suzuki at (626) 744-4739 for more event details.
John Kalar Van de Kamp was born February 7, 1936 in Pasadena and lived most of his life here. He is a graduate of John Muir High School; Dartmouth College and Stanford University Law School. He dedicated his professional career to public service, including serving as California’s 28th Attorney General, 1983-1991; a one-time candidate for California Governor in 1990; the 37th District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles, 1975-1981 and the 80th President of the State Bar of California, 2004-2005.
He passed away at age 81 at his Pasadena home on March 14, 2017 and his survived by his wife, Andrea and their daughter. The Pasadena City Council at its June 12 meeting unanimously approved the bridge re-naming in honor of Mr. Van de Kamp’s distinguished career in public service.
The John K. Van de Kamp/La Loma Bridge is an open-spandrel arch structure that was completed in 1914 over Pasadena’s beautiful Arroyo Seco. It is often described as the “small sister of the Colorado Street Bridge.” The 378-foot-long bridge has two travel lanes for vehicles and five-foot-wide sidewalks on either side. The architectural style is highly decorative and was influenced by nostalgic views of ancient Greek and Roman architecture. The bridge was listed in 2004 in the National Register of Historic Places, https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/04000680.
The bridge was closed in the summer of 2015 for a much-needed, $16 million seismic retrofit and rehabilitation, including replacement of the bridge’s top deck; rehabilitation of the arches and spandrel columns and strengthening of the end piers. The project was a collaborative effort between the City and the California Department of Transportation. Project information, including work-in-progress photos, is at www.cityofpasadena.net/PublicWorks/La_Loma_Bridge_Project/.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2017 #032-17
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