The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the plans for the seismic retrofit and historic restoration of the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge, a historic landmark that spans the Los Angeles River and connects communities in both the 13th and 4th Council Districts.
I have worked on the City’s proposed seismic retrofit plans for more than a decade, and have participated in numerous community meetings and public hearings. During that time, I have collaborated with City engineers and constituents on a plan that will improve the structural integrity of the bridge and add features that aren’t there today, including an ADA accessible six-foot wide sidewalk and pedestrian activated crosswalk, protected bike lanes, and a realigned exit ramp off Interstate 5 that will help improve circulation in the surrounding neighborhood. These features are in addition to the construction of a brand new bike and pedestrian footbridge on the east side of the historic structure.
To clarify misinformation that has been circulated in regard to the project, I wanted to state the facts:
- The Glendale-Hyperion complex of bridges is in need of a seismic retrofit
- Hyperion Ave Bridge over the Los Angeles River has non ADA compliant substandard sidewalks and no bike lanes
- No safe pedestrian crossings
- Deteriorating historic features and elements in desperate need of restoration
- A lack of continuous, ADA compliant sidewalks along Hyperion Ave
- Structurally sound complex of bridges
- Realign 1-5 northbound off-ramp to improve circulation of vehicles, and create an alternate route to Riverside Drive
- New bike/pedestrian bridge over the LA River at Red Car Park
- Infiltration basin at Sunnynook Park to assist with stormwater runoff
- Historic restoration of the balustrades and light poles
- four vehicular lanes, two bike lanes, and an ADA-compliant continuous six-foot wide sidewalk through entire project area,
- Pedestrian activated signalized crosswalk on the Atwater Village side of the bridge
- A collaboration with bike advocates on protecting the dedicated bike lanes
I commend the neighborhood groups that worked together on the plan to improve the quality of life in the City of Angels, and especially the great 13th District. Together, we are building an even better Los Angeles!
Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell