Progress on West Valley River Bridges and Bike Path

June 1, 2012 § 6 Comments

Steelhead trout medallion on the new Tampa Avenue Bridge over the L.A. River

I got a chance to bike in the West San Fernando Valley last week, and took a few photos of the Los Angeles River bike path project under construction. It’s a construction site right now, but a lot of the hardscape – new bridges and bridge undercrossings – appears more-or-less done.

The 2.2-mile bike path will extend from the Vanalden Avenue footbridge to Hartland Street (immediately upstream/west of Mason Avenue.) The first phase of the bike path (0.8 mile from Vanalden Avenue to Corbin Avenue) had been projected to be open around October 2012. I don’t know the timeline for subsequent phases, but it seems like the upstream construction is already underway, so the extension from Corbin to Winnetka shouldn’t take a whole lot longer.  « Read the rest of this entry »

New Solar Lighting on L.A. River Bikeway

December 2, 2011 § 6 Comments

New solar lighting (pole on left, with white sandwich board and cone at base) being installed on the L.A. River Bike Path. Glendale-Hyperion Bridge is in the background.

In mid-November, I spotted some new lights being installed along L.A. City’s stretch of L.A. River bike path. With the help of the city Department of Transportation’s Tim Fremaux and Department of Public Works’ Richard Lee, I have some background on the new lighting.  « Read the rest of this entry »

City Seeks Federal TIGER Funding for L.A. River Bikeway

October 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Existing L.A. River bike path in Elysian Valley

I wrote an article – posted earlier today over at L.A. Streetsblog – about city plans to apply for federal TIGER funding for about five miles of L.A. River bike path, and 20+miles of on-street bike lanes. If it’s funded and completed, it will result in 50+miles of river corridor bikeway from Canoga Park to Long Beach.

Here’s the article cross-posted in its entirety:

Today’s Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee meeting includes action on the Transportation Department’s (LADOT’s) proposal to seek $13million in federal funding for extending the Los Angeles River bikeway. The federal funding sought is part of a federal funding opportunity called Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER), a stimulus funding that encourages innovative and sustainable transportation.

While LADOT’s proposal, detailed at Council File 11-1781, is expected to sail through committee and council approval, it still needs to compete with other municipalities seeking limited TIGER dollars. Overall the city is asking the federal money to cover $13M of an $18M project. The city application is due October 31st 2011, and grantees are expected to be notified in January 2012. If awarded, construction is targeted to begin in 2013.  « Read the rest of this entry »

Zine Breaks Ground on West Valley River Greenway

March 10, 2011 § 1 Comment

Los Angeles City Counclmember Dennis Zine announcing the West Valley L.A. River Greenway project

This afternoon, before an assembled crowd of about fifty, Los Angeles City Councilmember Dennis Zine presided over a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stretch of Los Angeles River greenway and bikeway. Construction has begun on the 2.2-mile segment of landscaped bike path, extending from the Vanalden Avenue footbridge to the end of Hartland Street, just upstream of the Mason Avenue Bridge.

L.A. Creek Freak reported on this project earlier; for details check here for project background, here for art and design, and here for funding and phasing.

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West Valley River Bike Path Groundbreaking Tomorrow

March 9, 2011 § 1 Comment

L.A. River Greenway groundbreaking this Thursday March 10th at 2:30pm - click for larger flier pdf file

Join Los Angeles City Councilmember Dennis Zine for the groundbreaking of the West Valley Los Angeles River Greenway. The ceremony takes place tomorrow – at 2:30pm on Thursday March 10th 2011 on the southern bank of the Los Angeles River just upstream of the Vanalden Avenue Pedestrian Bridge.

L.A. Creek Freek reported on this project earlier – backgrounding it in a 2008 article,  then reporting on construction and funding last year. See those articles for details. Briefly, the multi-phase project includes 2 miles of bike path (from Vanalden Avenue to Corbin Avenue) and river-friendly landscaping and entry-point mini-parks. It’s being done in conjunction with bridge retrofit projects on Vanowen, Winnetka and Tampa.

Come on down and celebrate the groundbreaking tomorrow!

There it is. Ride it.

December 5, 2010 § 5 Comments

The Elysian Valley stretch of the Los Angeles River Bike Path is open – with festive grand opening ceremonies yesterday noon attended by hundreds. It’s a shared path – for cyclists, pedestrians, wheelchairs, and skaters. There’s quite a bit of concern about bike-ped conflict (for example read these), but I tend to think that we can all share and get along. For more information on the 11-years since this project received received funding, read through these earlier posts.

Elysian Valley L.A. River Bike/Walk Path Dedication Ceremonies, just upstream of Fletcher Drive

Elysian Valley L.A. River Walk/Bike Path Opens This Saturday

November 30, 2010 § 4 Comments

Volante por la dedicacion festival

The Elysian Valley segment of the Los Angeles River Bike Path is finally opening this Saturday! This project – a shared path for walking and bicycling – has been in the works and the courts since 1999, and “under construction” since June 2009. This Creek Freak will have to find other things to write about, no?

The grand opening is this Saturday December 4th 2011 from 10am to 2pm at Fletcher Drive and Crystal Street (warning for folks not familiar with the site – Ripple Street turns into Crystal – so the signal says Ripple.) The dedication ceremony is at 12noon. It’s billed as a walk/bike path grand opening and river festival! For information, see Council President Garcetti’s invitation flier – available in Spanish or English« Read the rest of this entry »

Elysian Valley L.A. River Walk/Bike Path Newly Striped

November 16, 2010 § 23 Comments

The Frogtown river path gets its new striping on

As of yesterday, the Los Angeles River Bike Path through Elysian Valley has new stripes! Creek Freak readers may well be tired of hearing about this project; we’ve covered the project’s history, groundbreaking, detours, new undercrossing at Fletcher Drive, new asphalt, delays, new lights, and even the preliminary marks that preceded the striping. The shared walk and bike path officially opens on Saturday December 4th at 12noon, location to be announced. « Read the rest of this entry »

Let There Be Light… Poles on the Elysian Valley Bike Path

September 9, 2010 § 5 Comments

New light pole (left) next to unofficial open access point (center) and locked official access point (right) at Elysian Valley Gateway Park

Sighted today along the river in Elysian Valley: new light poles! No actual lights yet, but it’s progress. The poles have been installed from around Riverdale Avenue to Fletcher Drive – about 3/4th of the new path segment. They’re so new that they’re not even unwrapped yet.

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Bridge and Bikeway Construction in West San Fernando Valley

August 26, 2010 § 25 Comments

Illustration of Tampa Avenue Bridge design, including Cheri Gaulke's medallions with steelhead and coyote, image courtesy city of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering

Construction is underway on a couple of Los Angeles River bridge retrofit and widening projects in the west San Fernando Valley. Specifically work is proceeding on the Tampa Avenue Bridge and Winnetka Avenue Bridge in the Valley communities of Reseda and Winnetka, not far from Los Angeles Pierce College. The bridge projects include river- and historic-themed artwork, a portion of the Los Angeles River bike path, and native landscaping.

Bridge, with bikeway and greenway, construction at Winnetka Avenue

Back in Novemer 2008, Creek Freak reported that this project was one of two L.A. River bike path sections that the city was gradually proceeding with. The new path will be two miles on the south bank, from Mason Avenue to VanAlden Avenue, including grade-separated underpasses at Vanowen Street, Winnetka Avenue, Corbin Avenue, and Tampa Avenue. « Read the rest of this entry »

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