ATWATER VILLAGE — Residents, cycling activists, business owners and transportation officials spent most of last year weighing, debating and arguing over three proposals to reconfigure the flow of traffic across the Glendale-Hyperion bridge. Two of those options call for reducing the number of lanes for motor vehicles and adding more space for bikes and pedestrians. But instead of selecting one of the three proposals, city officials have now come up with yet another plan.
The Atwater Neighborhood Council released renderings of the new proposal, called Option 1A, that would keep four lanes for motor vehicle traffic and create shared walkways for pedestrians and cyclists as part of a larger, $50 million bridge improvement project.
Here, according to a neighborhood council member Sergio Lambarri, is how this option would work:
Under Option 1A the four motor vehicle traffic lanes will be 10.5′ wide for the inner lanes and 11′ wide for the outer lanes, with a 4′ wide median dividing the opposing traffic lanes without a physical barrier, for the entire length of the bridge. The two sidewalks would measure 5.5′ wide under Waverly Dr. and 8′ wide for the remainder of the bridge. Bicyclists will share the walkway without a physical divider and will be directed to the inside area (closest to the safety rail) with pedestrians occupying the outermost portion of the sidewalk.
At least one proponent of the new option who attended a meeting last month said the new proposal met with opposition from bike and pedestrian advocates. The public will now once again have the opportunity to voice their support for the now four options currently on the table.