Posted on 03/16/2022

 

LOS ANGELES - Mayor Eric Garcetti today celebrated the opening of the Taylor Yard Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge — a roughly 400 foot long structure with an 18-foot-wide passageway for cyclists and pedestrians connecting Cypress Park to Elysian Valley across the L.A. River. 

“Our river is more than just a concrete flood channel — it’s one of the great natural wonders of our City, and a precious resource for all our communities,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The opening of the Taylor Yard Bridge is an important milestone in our work to give Angelenos more access to this iconic waterway, as well as new places to safely walk, bike, and enjoy green spaces.”

The bridge, which was funded by L.A. Metro, is one of the three bicycle and pedestrian bridges that were constructed by the City over the river from 2018 to 2022, including the Red Car Pedestrian Bridge and the North Atwater Bridge, both of which were completed in early 2020. The new bridge connects Elysian Valley to Cypress Park via the Taylor Yard site, which is slated for new investments for public open space, habitat restoration, and L.A. River access over the next several years. 

The bridge will link the growing Los Angeles River Bike Path — a project to create a continuous 51-mile path from Canoga Park to Long Beach by 2025 — to the future 42-acre Taylor Yard G2 River Park, which has a targeted completion date of 2028. In addition to providing year-round public access to the river, the bridge will advance Mayor Garcetti’s goal to ensure that at least 65% of Angelenos live within a half mile of a park or open space by 2025.

The Bureau of Engineering is leading the design and construction of the L.A. River pedestrian, bike, and equestrian bridges. The Taylor Yard bridge features a bright orange color with a structure intended to evoke classic railway bridges.

“This new bridge is the result of perseverance and persistence from everyone involved over a 30-year period," said Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell. "This decades-long journey began with former Councilmembers Mike Hernandez and Ed Reyes, their staff members and countless neighbors in Elysian Valley and Cypress Park on either side of the Los Angeles River. Over the past eight years, it has been my honor to take the baton in bringing this collective effort to completion. I commend all the devoted public servants who did the work and local residents for holding government agencies accountable. I'm also grateful to my own staff and all the various partners who have helped bring the amazing Taylor Yard Bridge across the finish line."

“I am pleased with the opening of the Taylor Yard Bridge links the two communities of Cypress Park and Elysian Valley,” stated Councilmember Gil Cedillo. “Community members will benefit from the bridge so that Northeast LA residents can connect to Elysian Valley to access the LA River Bike Path, riverfront restaurants, and Downtown LA; while residents in Elysian Valley will have direct access to Soto Mayor High Schools, Rio de Los Angeles Park, Cypress Park Library, and markets and retail outlets in Cypress Park and Glassell Park. The bridge is a win for everyone and brings neighborhoods together, which we need more of as the pandemic hopefully winds down.”

“The Taylor Yards Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge is an answer to a much needed connection between the LA River communities of Cypress Park and Elysian Valley that creates the walkable, livable green open space our communities need,” said Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo. “I am invested in ensuring this former rail yard and its proximity to freeway traffic and smog is transformed into one that benefits the health and wellness of the residents of these neighborhoods by reducing our carbon footprint and ultimately redefining urban park spaces, restored natural habitats, and community spaces. Simply put, the Taylor Yard Bridge connects people to the beautiful Los Angeles River and the river to the community.”

“As the Chair of the Metro Board of Directors and the Supervisor for Los Angeles County’s First District, I am thrilled to see this project come to fruition,” said Metro Board Chair and L.A. County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, representing the First District. “This project literally bridges the communities of Elysian Valley and Cypress Park in support of access to park space, recreational opportunities, and enhanced mobility. I look forward to our continued partnership with the City as we build out our Master Plan for the Los Angeles River.”

"The Taylor Yard Bridge represents a close collaboration between the Bureau of Engineering and the Cypress Park and Elysian Valley communities to bring bridges, bike paths and parks to the river neighborhoods," said Gary Lee Moore, City Engineer. "We are pleased to deliver this pedestrian and bike bridge which is another important step toward revitalizing the Los Angeles River."

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