LOS ANGELES — Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell broke ground Monday on the Taylor Yard Bridge, making this the third bridge currently under construction in the 13th District along the Los Angeles River.
The bridge will span approximately 400 feet across the waterway, with an 18-foot-wide passageway for cyclists and pedestrians. The $20.6 million project — which has an expected completion date of early 2021 — will be funded in entirety by L.A. Metro.
“This journey began with former Councilmembers Mike Hernandez and Ed P. Reyes, and then my office took the baton in 2013 to carry this project over the finish line,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. “During this time, we held the former Los Angeles County Transportation Authority to its legal obligation to build a bridge at Taylor Yard. The idea to connect the river communities of Cypress Park and Elysian Valley has been almost three decades in the making. The Taylor Yard Bridge is a critical piece of connectivity at the L.A. River, giving Elysian Valley residents a healthier pedestrian route to access the communities. This has been a vision worth working for all these years.”
Along with Councilmember O’Farrell, Mayor Eric Garcetti has helped champion the City’s efforts to revitalize the Los Angeles River — creating more parks, bike paths, and open space for recreational use.
“The L.A. River is an iconic destination for people across Los Angeles — and this groundbreaking is an important milestone in our work to build a more sustainable and connected city,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This bridge will give Angelenos another way to enjoy our historic waterway by providing better access to green spaces, as well as new places to walk and bike.”
There are now three bridges under construction in the 13th District along the Los Angeles River: the North Atwater Multimodal Bridge; the Red Car Pedestrian Bridge, also in Atwater Village; amd now the Taylor Yard Bridge.
The Bureau of Engineering is leading the design and construction of the L.A. River pedestrian, bike, and equestrian bridges. The Taylor Yard bridge will feature a bright orange color with a structure intended to evoke classic railway bridges.
“Our work is making communities safer and healthier, as we continue to bring communities along the river closer together,” said Gary Lee Moore, City Engineer.