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Original wooden 'Trestles' at famed California surf spot no more

(Source: Los Angeles Times, May 14, 2012)

LOS ANGELES With an Amtrak Pacific Surfliner crossing over the new Trestles bridge on Monday morning, local transportation officials marked the completion of a multimillion-dollar project to replace the storied, but worn-down, wooden structure that has served as the gateway to a beach regarded as a birthplace of Southern California's surf culture.

The original Trestles, built in 1941, was an 858-foot stretch of wooden post-and-beam bridge. Although it remained strong, with more than 40 passenger and freight trains crossing per day, the trains were required to slow down to reduce vibration and wear and tear. The bridge also required frequent maintenance to protect against fire damage and corrosion, officials said.

Full story: Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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