Ballona Creek Channel – Los Angeles CA


The federal government in the form of the US Army Corps of Engineers played an instrumental role in developing this important Los Angeles waterway.

“Ballona Creek is an 8.8-mile-long (14.2 km) waterway in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, whose watershed drains the Los Angeles basin, from the Santa Monica Mountains on the north, the Harbor Freeway (I-110) on the east, and the Baldwin Hills on the south. It heads in the historical Rancho Las Cienegas and flows through Culver City and the Del Rey district before emptying into Santa Monica Bay between Marina del Rey and the Playa del Rey district.

Much of the above-ground section of the creek was lined with concrete as part of the flood-control project undertaken by the United States Army Corps of Engineers [and the Los Angeles County Flood Control District] following the Los Angeles Flood of 1938.” (wikipedia)

However, portions of the channel were being worked on before the flood. The section from the Pacific Ocean to Vista del Mar was started in 1938 and completed in 1939. The Vista del Mar to La Salle Ave section was started in 1935 and completed in 1936. The La Salle Ave. to Washington Blvd. section was started 1938 and completed 1939. The Washington Blvd. to Redondo Blvd. section was started in 1936 and completed in 1937.

A number of bridges that cross over the channel were also New Deal projects including La Cienega Boulevard (1937) Washington Boulevard (1938) Higuera Street (1938) Duquesne Avenue 1938) Overland Avenue (1938) Inglewood Boulevard (1937) Lincoln Boulevard/State Route 1 (1937) Culver Boulevard (1937)

Except for the Culver Blvd and Lincoln Blvd bridges that have concrete guard rails, all have similar steel stringer designs with ornate metal guard rails.

The path alongside the channel is very popular with strollers and bicyclists.

Source notes

Wikipedia - Ballona Creek
Operation and Maintenance Manual LA District Corps of Engineers

Project originally submitted by Andrew Laverdiere on October 18, 2016.

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Location Info

Ballona Creek
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Coordinates: 33.983599, -118.419926

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