New Elysian Valley Bike Path Getting Asphalt
January 30, 2010 § 10 Comments
The Los Angeles River Bike Path under construction through Elysian Valley is looking more and more complete. Biking past it at Fletcher Drive today, I saw the city’s contractor’s crews putting down its new dark black asphalt surface. The new surface replaces a worn and root-rutted old access road with various dips and cracks.
After the jump are more details about the bikeway construction schedule, and some observations bicycling along the river today.
I asked Ferdy about the bikeway fence-poles that had been knocked over in the high water flows during last week’s rains. He responded that the poles worked as designed. They’re built on hinges, and when water and debris press against them, it breaks a small bolt at the base allowing the pole to lie down, instead of bending or breaking.
Today the asphalt crew was only surfacing the stretch from Fletcher Drive to the 2 Freeway. They’ll be making their way downstream for the next week or so.
I continued biking downstream through Elysian Valley. After rains, the river has a sort of bathtub ring of debris (mentioned before), which shows the high water mark from the last storm.
In addition to folks walking and bicycling, there were quite a few out fishing. There weren’t any spectacular barehanded fishing adventures, but I did come across a couple of men who, sans fishing pole, were using a small handheld net to catch lots of fish that had been trapped in a side channel area that had become separated from the main stem of the river.
They’d already caught about 40 fish!
Egrets were out fishing too, in similar isolated side channel ponds (though they’re a bit shier about having their picture taken.)
In January, the river looks a little more ragged than usual . The foliage is at its thinnest and shows a lot of yellows and brownish grays. There’s more visible trash at this time of the year. Some of the trash will dry up and fall down and be swept out to sea – causing lots of problems there. Much of the remaining trash will become less visible as the trees leaf out in the spring.
This year’s El Niño is predicted to keep showering us through at least March, so I expect that there will be more high waters, more debris, and, soon, three more miles of bike path to bring folks down by the Los Angeles River.