Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell and the Bureau of Engineering are seeking public input on improvements to infrastructure that currently spans the Los Angeles River in the 13th District.
The proposed $50-million Glendale Hyperion Bridge project will include a seismic retrofit and upgrade. Crews are expected to start work in 2016, and the project will take three years to complete.
A community workshop on the project was held last month and the Councilmember is encouraging his constituents to weigh in on the process prior to the deadline on October 11, 2013.
"I’m excited to add yet another pedestrian amenity to the growing list of attractions along the Los Angeles River - the City’s re-emerging asset,” said O’Farrell. “ The Red Car Pier Pedestrian Bridge will completely remove any possible conflict between speeding cars and active modes of transportation like bikes and pedestrians.”
The comment period on this project is still open and II encourage everyone to take part in the public process so that the Bureau of Engineering can finalize its plans.”
While working under the leadership of then-Council President Eric Garcetti, O’Farrell fought to improve pedestrian access. Due to his work, the Bureau of Engineering plans to construct an alternate pedestrian crossing over the L.A. River using the Red Car Piers.
This crossing, which can also be accessed by bikes, will connect the southwest path of the Los Angeles River with Glendale Boulevard on the northeast side of the River and the LA River bike path.
This is a busy time for L.A. River related projects. The US Army Corp of Engineers recently released its Feasibility Study of the ARBOR options under consideration for revitalization and improvements along the waterway. See Angelenos Deserve the Very Best for the LA River.
The Councilmember is encouraging constituents to send their comments on the project to:
Division of Environmental Planning
California Dept. of Transportation District 7
100 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The high speeds the current roadway design encourages are a major problem and are only going to be worse under the new configuration.
The separate pedestrian bridge is a nice amenity for the river path, but it is not a transportation plan. Cyclists and pedestrians travel on the same roadways to the same destinations as automobiles. Inconvenient, difficult to locate paths that have no direct connection to the local roads are not transportation planning. The bridge complex should be designed for reasonable speed auto traffic that can safely mix with bicycle and pedestrian traffic that goes across the entire complex. There is more than enough room to make safe vehicle lanes, bike lanes, and sidewalks while still incorporating some the much needed safety improvements that you outline.
Make the Hyperion bridge complex a complete, multi-model transportation structure taht adheres to Los Angeles’ complete street streets policy. Please do not make it a mini-highway that will create a dangerous, high speed dragstrip that will endanger people on the bridge and in the neighborhoods on either side, while excluding cyclists and pedestrians from any meaningful access. Thank you
It is only in the last ten years that the fallacy of automotive freedom has become so clearly evident.
The outmoded “freeway like” reworking of a road complex that really needs to be a Calmed Street is not at all in keeping with the coming reality of a transition to a locally sustained city where our great grandchildren’s great grandchildren will thrive.
At this time the No Build Alternative is the better option.
A complete reexamination of the scope and purpose of the Hyperion/Glendale Bridge retrofit is in order.
There need to be bicycle paths on Hyperion from Rowena to the north side of the Los Angeles River. The automobile speed through this entire complex needs to be in keeping with the surrounding feeder routes which are dangerously high at 35 MPH. The current road bed is sufficient to handle the traffic and need not be widened. It will be better to use the funds allocated for this bridge widening for river restoration.