A proposal to build a new cable bridge over the Los Angeles River in the north end of Atwater Village has received a $4 million commitment to build the structure. The 30-foot wide bridge, which would accommodate equestrians as well as pedestrians and cyclists – would be the first privately financed bridge across the river, said Omar Brownson, executive director of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corp., a nonprofit group dedicated to revitalizing the river. On Thursday, the city’s Cultural Affairs Commission approved the concept of the “Atwater Park Multi-Modal Crossing,” which would cross the river about a half mile north of Los Feliz Boulevard.
The $4 million donation would cover most of the estimated $5 million cost of building the new bridge, Brownson said. He would not identify the bridge’s benefactor, saying only he is “a big supporter of environmental efforts in Los Angeles.”
On the Atwater side of the river, the entrance to the approximately 250 foot-long span would be located near the Lincourt Stables and it would connect to the L.A. River Bike Path and a tunnel that continues under the 5 Freeway to Griffith Park. The cables used to support the structure would also divide the bridge to separate equestrians from pedestrians and cyclists. The surface of the bridge would be made of wood, which is more comfortable for horses and would slow down cyclists, Brownson said.
Despite the $4 million donation and the approval of the Cultural Affairs Commission, the bridge must still face the scrutiny of other city agencies as well as the Army Corps of Engineers and Los Angeles County, Brownson said. While financed with private funds, the bridge would be given to the City of Los Angeles after completion, Brownson said.
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