ATWATER VILLAGE -- Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Tom LaBonge announced plans for a permanent infrastructure project across the Los Angeles River that will provide greater connectivity between Silver Lake and Atwater Village.
The $5 million project will utilize the existing trestles that were once used by the Red Car Trolley to cross the Los Angeles River. The bridge will connect the pedestrian and bike trail along the LA River to the Red Car Park on the eastern banks, while providing access to the small business and residential community in Atwater Village.
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“I have spent years collaborating with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, the Bureau of Engineering, and CalTrans for a footbridge at the Red Car trestles,” said Councilman O’Farrell. “We’re finally making it happen, and part of the infrastructure that once supported public transportation will have new life for another purpose, possibly the best purpose of all.”
This bridge will be used to provide bike and pedestrian access during the future seismic retrofit and historic preservation of the Glendale Hyperion Bridge. Original plans called for the Red Car Bike and Pedestrian Bridge to be a temporary amenity. However through Councilmember O’Farrell’s advocacy, it will now become a permanent feature. Construction is expected to start in July of 2018.
“Bike and pedestrian access across the LA River is pretty awesome,” said Andrea Denike-Martinez, Councilman O’Farrell’s representative on the City’s Bicycle Advisory Group. “This bridge will be another great amenity for the community and I can’t wait to be one of the first riders across the structure.”
Councilmember O’Farrell is the Chair of the City’s Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and the Los Angeles River committee, and represents Atwater Village and part of the Silver Lake community.