VIDEO: O’Farrell Encourages Public Input on Glendale Hyperion Bridge Improvements

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:

Tami Podesta

Division of Environmental Planning

California Dept. of Transportation District 7

100 S. Main St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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commented 2013-10-08 15:46:52 -0700
REPEAT: I, as a resident that utilizes this area with my car, as a pedestrian and cyclists, want SLOWER speeds and MORE access to all traffic modes. PLEASE do not turn this into more freeway. If people want to drive “quickly” from Atwater to Silver Lake and beyond, let them take the freeway, that’s what it’s for. If it doesn’t move quickly enough, let them entertain other modes of transportation, do not build more freeways on smaller roads.
commented 2013-10-03 16:14:48 -0700
You state that a big issue is the high vehicle speeds currently being dangerous. Your apparent solution is to widen lanes and put in freeway style concrete lane dividers. This will have the immediate effect on Increasing vehicle speeds, not making the bridge any safer. Then you will add pedestrain crossings on the assumption that cars moving at high speeds coming around corners on a freeway like roadway will routinely stop for pedestrians or stopped vehicles.

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
commented 2013-10-03 09:26:23 -0700
The people behind this project have taken public input since 2002 and every time they have people have asked for slower car speeds and what we’ve gotten is a plan to speed cars up. We don’t lack “input”, we lack insight and we lack leaders willing to get in the way of the big project du jour to say, “This is crazy, it isn’t serving our interests and I don’t care how many people and how much has been spent so far this can’t go on.”
commented 2013-10-02 16:41:59 -0700
Bring back the old rows of old columns that once ran the length of the bridge. Other bridges of the same vintage further down the river still have the original balustrades and they’re beautiful. The Hyperion Bridge as it stands now is tacky, tacky, tacky. Retrofitting doesn’t have to be ugly.

Thank you,

Charles Fogarty
Silver Lake
commented 2013-10-02 14:43:07 -0700
Interesting the main drawback to Los Angeles being a place to grow and live an abundant healthy life is the dangers and perils presented by automobile mania.

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.
commented 2013-10-02 14:39:48 -0700
It might be a good idea to link to where one can submit official comments on the EIR. As Aaron noted below, this project is going to make the bridge unsafe for all with a redesign based solely on allowing cats to travel at 55mph. We all know that if you design for 55, people will start traveling 65 or higher. By moving bike and pedestrian to a separated bike path, you are eliminating the most efficient way for cyclists and pedestrians to cross the river from one neighborhood to the other. It will encourage more traffic and make our community less livable and disconnected.
commented 2013-10-02 14:07:25 -0700
Please don’t increase the design speed of the Hyperion bridge to 55 mph! This is unsafe, and it prevents the project from including better pedestrian access and bike lanes, as called for in the City’s 2010 bike plan. This is one of only a few access points between bike-heaving neighborhoods on the East and West sides of the river, all of which are currently extremely dangerous for anyone on foot or bike. There is room for safe pedestrian and cyclist access without reducing car capacity if the design speed isn’t increased to such an unreasonable level. This is a big project that has been many years coming, and it is a great opportunity for a bridge that accommodates everyone. (I’ll be submitting this in my public comment and suggest that others to do the same)
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