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.
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.
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.
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.