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Only a few hundred feet separate Cypress Park and Elysian Valley. But with the Los Angeles River flowing between both communities and no bridges offering a direct connection, getting to and from both neighborhoods is not as easy as it may appear, especially for pedestrians and cyclists. But traveling between the two communities may eventually become much more convenient – at least for cyclists and walkers – with the construction of a 400-foot long bridge that would span the river and connect Cypress Park and Elysian Valley. Last month, the effort to construct the project took a big step forward when the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved spending about $1 million for the design of the Taylor Yard Bikeway/Pedestrian Bridge.
As envisioned, the Cypress Park side of the approximately $5.3-million bridge would be anchored near the southern end of the Rio de Los Angeles State Park in the former rail hub known as Taylor Yard. On the Elysian Valley side of the river, the 17-foot wide bridge would be anchored near Dorris Place along the river pathway.
In addition, the project will include an on-grade railroad crossing and a pipeline for recycled water, according to a summary by the Bureau of Engineering.
Pedestrians and cyclists will have to be patient for the Taylor Yard bridge to open. A final design and contractor have yet to be selected and a preliminary timelines indicates that work would not begin until next year.