San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz

Soquel Avenue over the San Lorenzo River
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Soquel Avenue external link was a four lane road over the San Lorenzo River. Note that the sidewalk portion of the bride was barely wide enough for two people to walk side by side. The bridge could have been designed as a grand esplanade, but was instead merely a bland road.


San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 30 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 15:59:56 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #155956_2212BCX
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The river was full
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San Lorenzo River was full and appeared healthy. The total width of the overall basin was part of past attempts at flood control. Note that high tides and storm surges can push salt water and sand up river to just past the Soquel Avenue bridge from which this photograph was taken.


San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 30 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 16:01:40 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #160140_2215BCX
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I-beams in mud
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Two I-beams were embedded in the mud of San Lorenzo River. Notice how shallow the river actually was.


San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 30 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 16:02:40 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #160200_2216BCX
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Downtown was visible
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Downtown Santa Cruz was visible from the Soquel Avenue bridge over the San Lorenzo River. Note the parking lots between the river and the town. This kind of layout implied that the town had always considered the river an eye-sore. Contrast that to European towns which typically embrace internal link their rivers.


San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 30 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 16:03:38 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #160338_2218BCX
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A bike path ran under the bridge
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A bicycle path ran under the Soquel Avenue bridge on the downtown side of the San Lorenzo River. This trail was part of a much larger bikeway system external link throughout the town and surrounding countryside.


San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 30 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 16:05:00 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #160500_2219BCX
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A bus ran over the bridge
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Santa Cruz was served by a typical bus system called the Santa Cruz Metro external link.


San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 30 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 16:07:24 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #160724_2221BCX
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The bridge viewed from the town side
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The Soquel Avenue bridge as viewed from the bicycle path on the downtown side of the bridge.


San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 30 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 16:08:12 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #160812_2222BCX
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An odd fence
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An odd looking fence surround part of a sand bar located in the middle of the San Lorenzo River basin half way between the Soquel Avenue bridge and the pedestrian bridge.


San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 30 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 16:10:50 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #161050_2224BCX
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A pedestrian bridge
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A pedestrian bridge crossed the San Lorenzo River half way between the Soquel Avenue bridge and the Water Street bridge. This was a narrow but practical bridge.


San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 30 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 16:12:38 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #161238_2225BCX
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The Water Street bridge
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Interesting stair-step risers supported the bridge. Note the pedestrian viewing platforms along the edge of the bridge.


San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 30 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 16:17:54 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #161754_2227BCX
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Water Street over the San Lorenzo River
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Another four lane road crossed the San Lorenzo River at Water Street. From a distance the bridge looked somewhat European. But closeup it was just another wide road over a river.


San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 30 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 16:17:56 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #161756_2228BCX
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