New Riverside-Figueroa Bridge takes shape

New Riverside-Figueroa bridge (left) takes shape alongside old bridge (right)

The new Riverside-Figueroa Bridge connecting Cypress Park and Elysian Valley has been steadily taking shape  over the past year  next to the old span that it  will eventually replace. The photo above taken earlier this month shows the new, approximately 900 foot-long concrete span – still clad in wood framing – as workers prepared to fill a final gap over the L.A. River and railroad tracks.

Unlike the sharp turn in the old, L-shaped bridge, which is a combination of concrete and steel structures built from the 1920s through the 1930s, the new span features a gentle curve and will also include room for a bike path.   The new bridge – which had an estimated construction budget of $43 million, according to 2011 city documents – is not scheduled to be completed until 2015, according to Tonya Durrell with the Bureau of Public Works.   Until then, the old bridge will remain open with a traffic lane in each direction until it will be demolished.

Rendering of new Riverside-Figueroa Bridge/Bureau of Public Works

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  1. I pass by this construction a lot, always wondered what was going on here. The renderings make it look nice, but 2015!? Hope they fix this whole area up a bit and add some lights under Ave. 19, it’s almost pitch black while riding a bike through there at night.

  2. Yes, pass over this bridge often on my way to rehearsal. It’s always a very rough ride, and I’m in a car!

    The bridge in that rendering looks beautiful! Hopefully the final product will be at least as good.

  3. FrameMonsterMike

    I completely agree about Lighting Ave 19. Im always biking in the area at night and have had some near misses, even with my saftey lights on. It could definitely use some attention, and I think its frequent use is underestimated.

  4. And what happens to the Million Dollar water feature that Ed Reyes and Mountains Conservancy had built at the end of the bridge????

  5. I’m on a bridge to nowhere

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