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.