Cabrillo Bridge lights to be restored
By Margie M. Palmer
The long-neglected light poles on Balboa Park’s landmark Cabrillo Bridge are about to get a makeover.
The poles and their fixtures were installed in 1914, when the bridge was constructed in advance of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Since that time, they’ve been mostly untouched, except for a onetime paint job.
Over the decades, they have been altered and damaged. But when the project is completed this summer, the lights will be brought back to their original condition. Damaged and missing ornamentation will be replaced, and the poles will be repainted with the same color that was used during the 1935 Balboa Park Exposition.