FRIENDSHIP AUDITORIUM -- Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and David Ryu, along with the Bureau of Engineering and Department of Cultural Affairs, recently held a community meeting to update residents on the Glendale-Hyperion Complex of Bridges Improvement Project and discuss design options for the long awaited Red Car Pedestrian Bridge and mural relocation.
“After years of direct involvement with the community, we are finally moving forward with plans to retrofit the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge Complex, as well as add another amenity to allow people to get even closer to the Los Angeles River,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “The final product will not only meet state requirements for seismic safety, but also improve our infrastructure to allow for better access for all modes of transportation, while providing dedicated bicycle lanes, and ADA compliant and pedestrian activated crosswalks."
The City is working on the $62 million upgrade to the complex of bridges that spans the Los Angeles River and connects the Atwater Village, Los Feliz, and Silver Lake communities.
The plan, which was approved by Council in 2015, will retain four existing lanes for vehicular traffic in each direction, as well as add bike lanes and a new six foot-wide ADA compliant sidewalk on the north side of the bridge, providing an uninterrupted pedestrian connection between the Atwater Village and Los Feliz/Silver Lake communities for the first time ever. The project will also serve to maintain and preserve the historical design elements of the complex, a Historic Cultural Monument.
The project is going to be done in two phases. Phase One will be the construction of the Red Car Pedestrian Bridge, which will start in the Spring of 2019 and wrap up December 2019. The new footbridge will sit on top of the existing supports once used for the Red Car Trolley, downstream from the Hyperion Bridge. Phase Two is the rehabilitation of the main bridge, will start in spring 2020 and take 3 years.
The Bureau of Engineering’s project team is still working with LADOT to determine the design for the bike lanes. Councilmember O’Farrell is committed to making sure the bike lanes are protected from vehicular traffic. This will protect cyclists and pedestrians crossing Glendale Boulevard on the Atwater Village side of the historic bridge.
The budget for Glendale-Hyperion and Red Car Pedestrian bridges is $62 million; Phase One is $3 million, Phase Two is $59 million.