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Francis Lefty O'Doul Bridge

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Address: San Francisco, CA
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This historic drawbridge, built by the same engineer who built the famous...

This historic drawbridge, built by the same engineer who built the famous Golden Gate Bridge, crosses Mission Channel at Third Street.

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Located adjacent to AT & T park, it is an example of a heel trunnion type bascule drawbridge. Not very aesthetic to look at (Golden Gate and Oakland Bay are better by far) but it... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2016
Murrieta, California
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Murrieta, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Located adjacent to AT & T park, it is an example of a heel trunnion type bascule drawbridge. Not very aesthetic to look at (Golden Gate and Oakland Bay are better by far) but it functions well. Worth a look if you are at AT & T. I drove across it to park in the lot just across McCovey cove... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 783 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

The Francis Lefty O’Doul Bridge located behind the AT&T SF Giants Ballpark, connects the South of Market area with China Basin, which use to be abandoned land and is now high rises, and a massive hospital/medical complex. This bridge supports pedestrian, cars and bicyclist and if you are lucky, you can witness the lifting of the bridge at pre-scheduled times... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

Distinctly utilitarian, this is a little marvel of simplistic engineering. Large concrete bascules act as counterweights to the bridge itself, allowing it to tilt up to let bridges go underneath it. Looking more closely at it, it has a brutalistic beauty: the heavy metal struts; the working area at the fulcrum point; the concrete itself. Far too many people seem... More 

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Fremont, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,682 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2014

If one parks in one of the parking lots south of the San Francisco Giants Baseball Stadium (AT & T park), one walks across this bridge that crosses the water to get to the ball park....and then again, one walks over it again to get back to the parking lot. Its a bridge that crosses the boat canal. Unless one... More 

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san francisco
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

I have crossed this bridge dozens of times and when I saw it listed on trip advisor for San Francisco, I said to myself "what the .... there is no reason for this to be on trip advisor and I should make sure it is appropriately rated." So I went over there (I love ATT park and I wanted to... More 

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san francisco, ca.
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Reviewed 25 May 2013

It goes up and down to accommodate sail boat with tall masts. It has no redeeming value esthetically or artistic architechtural distinction what-so-ever. It's a bridge that crosses over a boat canal and why it even appears here as an "attraction" is beyond me.

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

This small draw bridge is not worth seeing, not worth being listed among San Francisco's attractions. It is next door to AT&T Park, however, so if you're out to see a Giants game, the bridge is right there. If you're obsessed with obscure bridges.

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