State fills funding gap to build new L.A. River bridge


September 2, 2014 - ATWATER VILLAGE – A state agency has awarded $3.66 million to build the La Kretz Crossing, a 302-foot-long bridge across the Los Angeles River that was initially expected to have been paid for mostly with private donations until rising construction estimates required a sizable injection of public money. The steel, cable-stay bridge linking Awater Village and Griffith park was initially billed as a philanthropically-funded or privately-funded bridge when when landowner and philanthropist Morton La Kretz agreed in 2011 to make a nearly $5 million donation to cover most of the construction costs.