Watch: Time Lapse of Expo Bridge Demo

Freelancer photographer films demolition, one of the major construction projects underway to extend light rail from Culver City to Santa Monica.

When crews tore down the 1920s Motor Avenue bridge this summer, freelancer photographer Mark Morris captured it on camera and created a beautiful time lapse video.

It was demolished in July to make way for the Expo line connecting Culver City to Santa Monica. The $1.5 billion extension is scheduled for completion in 2015, and will allow light rail trains to travel from downtown Los Angeles past the current terminus in Culver City to downtown Santa Monica.

The new Motor Avenue bridge will have room for two tracks, so trains can easily run in both directions, according to the Metro blog, The Source.

New bridges for the Expo tracks are being built across the Westside. Construction is also underway to build one over Olympic Boulevard at Centinela Avenue in Santa Monica and an overpass is being erected next to the old Southern Pacific rail bridge over National Boulevard in Palms.

Jonathan Weiss August 29, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Thanks for the video. The bridge was not that old, though. It was probably built around the time the Santa Monica Freeway was built - around 1963-1964. See the previous bridge in 1953 in Ira Swett’s photo of Red Car # 5125 crossing over Motor Avenue on September 26, 1953. http://expogreenway.org/coppermine/displayimage.php?pid=21&fullsize=1
Jonathan Weiss August 29, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Better (color) picture of the earlier bridge are here http://expogreenway.org/coppermine/displayimage.php?pid=168&fullsize=1 and here http://expogreenway.org/coppermine/displayimage.php?pid=6&fullsize=1. Both color photos are by Alan Weeks, showing Pacific Electric car 1299 on a chartered club trip. This line was de-electrified one month later.


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