Activists sue Los Angeles over Hyperion Bridge design's single sidewalk


The city of Los Angeles and Caltrans broke state environmental laws when they chose a design that has only one sidewalk for a four-lane bridge connecting Silver Lake and Atwater Village, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. The suit, filed by a group of local activists, seeks to overturn the Los Angeles City Council's unanimous approval of a $50-million seismic retrofit of the Glendale Boulevard-Hyperion Avenue Bridge, which spans Interstate 5 and the Los Angeles River. The decision pitted residents and businesses loath to lose a car lane against bicyclists, pedestrian activists and neighborhood groups who said the design would discriminate against the disabled and discourage walking.