• Tue. Oct 19th, 2021

Elysian Valley River Bridge makes visible progress

ByDiane A. Gomez

May 7, 2021


Los Angeles’ new Elysian Valley Pedestrian / Bike Bridge is really taking shape.

The bridge is one of four new pedestrian and bicycle bridges on the central and relatively natural Glendale Narrows stretch of the LA River. New North Atwater and Atwater Village the bridges are already open. A fourth Glendale Bridge in Griffith Park is planned.

The Elysée Valley Bridge will cross the river near the end of Altman Street, connecting Elysian Valley (aka Frogtown) to Cypress Park, where a large-scale river revitalization planned at Taylor Yard, a former railway maintenance facility. Construction of the Elysée valley bridge innovated in June 2019 and is expected to be completed in 2021. The $ 21.7 million project is managed by the City of Los Angeles Engineering Office. Funding for the project comes from a 1992 lawsuit against Metro, as a community mitigation measure for the construction of Metrolink Yard at the downstream end of Taylor Yard.

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Taylor Yard bike / pedal deck rendering via Studio Pali Fekete architects

When Streetsblog LA inquired about construction in december 2019, only bridge abutments were in progress.

End of July, the wall of the central pillar and the shoring were in place.

Today, with the main beam in place spanning the river, the bridge really looks like a bridge.

New bicycle bridge over the Elysian Valley LA river under construction
New Elysian Valley LA river bike bridge under construction. The box-frame is level, while the surface of the bicycle step gradually tilts – visible in the middle of the right side of the photo

As seen in the render above and in the photos above and below, the box itself is level, but the path climbs up as one crosses north from Elysian Valley to Cypress Park.

The bridge's box structure is over two stories tall - compare the heights of the workers in this photo
The box structure of the bridge is over two stories tall – compare the heights of the workers in this photo. Again note the actual bike / walk path halfway between the top and bottom of the box frame.

Construction in the river is made somewhat difficult by the need to keep construction activities out of the river during the rainy season, which usually begins in September. Teams will have to remove the bogus work fairly quickly.

The Elysian Valley River Path (right) is currently partially closed for construction, with a detour through the quiet streets of the Elysian Valley
View of the new bridge downstream. The Elysian Valley River Path (right) is currently partially closed for construction, with a detour through the quiet streets of the Elysian Valley
Crews lower beam earlier in the day
Crews lower beam earlier in the day
Elysian Valley LA River Bridge set to be completed in 2021
Elysian Valley LA River Bridge set to be completed in 2021
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Upstream view of the Elysée Valley bicycle / pedestrian bridge under construction



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