Hyperion-Glendale Bridge Alternate with BOARDWALK

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The City of Los Angeles (City) and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) have completed an Initial Study/ Environmental Assessment (IS/EA) for the Glendale Boulevard-Hyperion Avenue Complex of Bridges Improvement Project, pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act. The proposed project is located on Glendale Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue southeast of Glenfeliz Boulevard in the community of Atwater Village and northwest of Ettrick Street in the community of Silver Lake. The project would improve geometrical design, increase seismic strength, and improve pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle travel associated with the viaduct complex. In addition to seismic strengthening, major project features include: widening of the Glendale Boulevard bridges by eight feet each, realigning the I-5 northbound off-ramp to allow left turns onto southbound Glendale Boulevard, adding a median barrier on the Hyperion Avenue viaduct roadway, creating a wider sidewalk on the northwest side of Hyperion Avenue, and eliminating the southeastern sidewalk. The proposed project would also reconstruct the existing deteriorated railings to look similar to the originals and construct an alternate pedestrian crossing over the Los Angeles River.

The proposed work will have an effect on historic properties eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The City and Caltrans have evaluated whether adequate mitigation measures can be incorporated into the project plans.


We believe the “City” design on the table is a freeway over the river. It includes little traffic calming measures and will result in 55MPH traffic feeding into residential Silver Lake and Atwater. We ask that the City lower the allowed speed, remove the crash barriers and include generous and safe lanes for both pedestrians and cyclists. We believe that given the renaissance of the LA river and given that the city leadership is asking the federal government to help finance an improved river, this bridge design should encourage lingering at the crossing.

The Hyperion-Glendale Bridge Complex presents an opportunity to build safe alternative transportation routes connected to the Los Angeles River, parks, historic infrastructure, and unique communities.






970x650a   Upgrades to vehicular traffic routes are necessary, but should endorse the livable city ideal in favor of high speed vehicular travel. This ‘Community Crossing’ Alternative Concept Plan is a response to the current City of Los Angeles proposal, which has prioritized vehicular travel speeds above the needs of local communities.   970aa


This plan has been developed to provide safe pedestrian and bicycle connections from local neighborhoods, regional routes, parks, and the LA river, across the freeway, roads, and bridges, while highlighting historic infrastructure and community. This has been accomplished through the addition of an access ramp, crosswalks, bike lanes, signage, red car bridge, walkways, traffic control, and the reduction of high speed vehicular traffic lanes. Local traffic patterns and adjacent speed zones should be considered for determining reasonable lane widths, barriers, and speed ratings. 970c


Tomas O’Grady , Executive Director, Enrich LA, 323 387 3866, tomasogrady@enrichla.org, Ryan J. Drnek, Principal of Design, owner, Sodder Studio, Landscape Architecture+Planning,  310.795.7994, ryandrnek@sodderstudio.com   970b       icon1icon2 970x680                 and the proposed plan by the city….. 970x680b Some good about the City’s proposed rebuild of the Hyperion Crossing? 1. Vehicles getting off the 5 north off ramp would no longer have to (as they do now) drive into Atwater Village and make a U-turn to get to Silver Lake. 2. The Structure will maintain its historical character. 3. Red Car Pedestrian bridge Some bad about the City’s proposed rebuild of the Hyperion Crossing? 1. Wider lanes (than are there now) meant to move cars along at 55 miles per hour. That is the speed of the 110 freeway (parkway) downtown.