Vincent Thomas Bridge

The Vincent Thomas Bridge is a 1,500 foot long suspension bridge that was opened in 1963. It crosses the Los Angeles Harbor in the U.S. state of California, and links San Pedro, Los Angeles, with Terminal Island. The bridge is signed as part of State Route 47. It is named for the California Assemblyman Vincent Thomas of San Pedro. It is the fourth longest suspension bridge in California. It is also the bridge with the 76th longest span in the world. The clearance height of the navigation channel is approximately 185 ft

The bridge was built to replace the ferries that connected San Pedro and Terminal Island, in anticipation of increased traffic volume accompanying growth of the port. State legislator Vincent Thomas, representing San Pedro, was the bridge's champion. A special act of the legislature was required in order to name the bridge after Thomas while he was still in office.

The suspension bridge has been featured in many films and television series' including Charlie's Angels, National Security, and To Live and Die in LA. LED lights were installed and powered by solar panels which light up the bridge to a beautiful hue of blue color. The lights operate from dusk until midnight daily to minimize impact on wildlife.

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