The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council aligned itself with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s position on the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge project, with the board council members voting unanimously Wednesday night to approve a letter to the Caltrans that criticized the lack of accommodation for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The council took the position that a proposed median barrier between car lanes was “unnecessary” and could slow down ambulances rushing to collisions.
“We feel that the project needs to comply with the Complete Streets aspect of road redesign and safety for all modes of transportation,” wrote the council.
Cyclists as well as pedestrian advocates are pushing for the addition of bike lanes, which were included in the city’s 2010 bike plan, and other changes to the long-awaited renovation of the Glendale-Hyperion bridge linking Atwater Village with Silver Lake and Los Feliz. But Atwater Village activists contend such changes may force alterations to the historic character of the 84-year-old span and stall the $50 million project past deadlines for federal funding.
City engineers say the Glendale-Hyperion Viaduct, a 1,200-foot-long span that consists of three bridges over the Los Angeles River and 5 Freeway, fails to meet modern seismic as well as highway standards.
The council’s Transportation and Public Works Committee offered to host an information meeting on the bridge project.
The public has until Nov. 7 to submit written comments in response to the proposal and the finding of a preliminary environmental impact report.
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