Bright orange LA River bridge moves forward, could begin construction this summer

A bright orange bridge across the Los Angeles River is one step closer to getting built now that the city’s transportation committee has signed off on an agreement with Metro, which will fund the project.

The city’s transportation committee on Wednesday approved a funding agreement with the transit agency, which will pay up to $21.7 million to finance the bridge. (That amount includes the estimated construction cost of $19.2 million, plus $2.5 million for engineering and administrative costs, according to the department of public works.)

The Studio Pali Fekete Architects-designed bridge would span the river between Elysian Valley (aka Frogtown) and Cypress Park. Measuring 400 feet in length, it would be designed for bikes and pedestrians to travel between the existing path on the south side of the river and, on the north, to a small side street called Kerr Road.

Called the Taylor Yard Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge, it would connect to the southern part of Taylor Yard, a former train storage area along the LA River. A part of that yard, a 41-acre section known as G2, was recently purchased by the city and will be converted into public green space.

It would be one of a couple of bridges planned to cross the river in this area, including one that would link Glendale to Griffith Park and another that would connect the park to Atwater Village.

The Taylor Yard bridge is headed to the Los Angeles City Council next for final approval, and construction is expected to begin this summer, according to the public works department.

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