LOS ANGELES RIVER - The California Transportation Commission (CTC) awarded $3.66M in Active Transportation Program funds to the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation (LARRC) for La Kretz Crossing, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell announced this week.
The allocation provides the final piece of funding needed to complete the long awaited project, which is the first cable-stayed bridge in Los Angeles. The proposed project offers multi-modal forms of transportation to connect the neighborhood of Atwater Village to 56 miles of equestrian trails and walking trails at Griffith Park.
"This is great news for the LA River community," said Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, chair of the City's Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and Los Angeles River Committee. "Thanks to the generosity of Morton La Kretz, the City is able to build a multi-modal bridge connecting Atwater Village to Griffith Park. This decades-long goal will provide even greater access across the river which is critical to making this incredible resource more enjoyable to all Angelenos."
The $3.66M award adds to funding already invested by the project’s benefactor, Morton La Kretz and Council District 4 and 13 discretionary funds. La Kretz had contributed nearly $5M of his own funds to bring the bridge to life and the City and County have collectively contributed $1M toward the project in funds and in-kind services.
Now fully funded, the steel bridge, at 302 feet long and 38 feet wide, will completely transform that portion of the River. The suspension bridge will allow safer transportation options for equestrians, bicyclists and pedestrians in the area. The bridge will allow complete access between the River’s existing trails, the newly renovated North Atwater Park, hiking trails and equestrian trails at Griffith Park.
The LARRC is expected to begin construction in late spring 2015 with a 14 month construction timeline.