Vincent Thomas Bridge

33.749444444444 - 118.27166666667Koordinaten: 33 ° 44 ' 58 "N, 118 ° 16' 18 " W


Port of Los Angeles

The Vincent Thomas Bridge is a little under two kilometers long suspension bridge with a main span of 457.5 m, which crosses the Port of Los Angeles and in the wake of California State Route 47 connects the town of San Pedro with Terminal Iceland. The bridge is named after Vincent Thomas. He was an American, democratic politician, actually Tomasevich Vincent -Thomas, (* April 16, 1907; † January 1980), which once served as California Member of Parliament for the constituency of San Pedro.

During the construction and in the early years after its completion, the building was often referred to as " bridge to nowhere ". In the 1970s, however, its importance was considerably larger than the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach replaced the ports in the San Francisco Bay Area as the main hubs for sea on the west coast. Today, the bridge handles the majority of the traffic from the southern districts of the port in San Pedro to Terminal Iceland Freeway and then finally to the south end of the Long Beach Freeway from; thence cargo is transported Empire to the rail yards in East Los Angeles and Inland.

When the bridge was opened in 1963, the toll was 25 cents in each direction. In 1983 the fee was increased to 50 cents for westbound traffic, the opposite direction was free passable. In 2000, the toll requirement was abolished.

The Catalina Terminal ( Berth 95), the departure point for all of San Pedro from outgoing ferries and helicopter connections to the Santa Catalina Iceland, is located beneath the western part of the bridge.

The bridge was the scene of a car chase in the movie Gone in 60 Seconds with Nicolas Cage, and in a scene in 3 Charlie's Angels where Cameron Diaz and Crispin Glover towards each with two race cars. Also Live and Die in LA (1985 ) makes extensive use of the bridge, just as the movie Shelter (2007).

On August 19, 2012, the British film director Tony Scott rushed her to death after he climbed over the 5.5 meter high security fence that had been installed to prevent suicides.