Detour Ahead: Cyclists prepare for long-term L.A. River path closure

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Bike path detour is shown in blue | Caltrans

The construction of  new freeway carpool lanes will mean the long-term closure of a one-mile stretch of the L.A. River Bike Path that runs next to Griffith Park, reports Caltrans. Cyclists got an idea of what that means earlier this week when the path was closed for three days, with riders being detoured into Griffith Park, before being reopened.

Caltrans spokeswoman Kelly Markham said the detour along Zoo Drive and Western Heritage Way is being “enhanced” in preparation for the long-term closure of the pathway roughly between Riverside Drive and Los Feliz Boulevard.  It’s not certain, however, when the long-term closure will begin or how long it will last, Markham said. Some previous estimates said the closure could last about a year.

The bike path is being closed during the construction of 2.7 miles of carpool lanes on the nearby 134 Freeway, which will be widened as part of the project.

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  1. Regarding when it’ll begin, it’s already begun – saw the closure this morning

    • Have you noticed the first map shows detour going past Heritage Way then click on Heritage Way and the detour is beofore Heritage Way? Do you happen to know how far along Griffith Park before it resumes?

  2. It is UNREAL that this is happening and absolutely nobody has talked about it. I’m as informed on these issues as I can possibly be. I am frankly shocked that this project will cut off bike access in the way it has been planned and nobody has raised a hue and cry about it. Bike lobby indeed.

    • A LOT of news is no longer being reported. Haven’t you heard of all the huge cutbacks in news staffs in the past decade?! Gee, the print news business has a good 60% unemployment rate even today, and it is not going to improve with the economy. Most news has always been generated by the print news media, not broadcast or Internet. Broadcast and internet news is NOT going to pick up the slick, in fact is dependent on picking up its news from the print media.

      In short, there is a LOT you have not been hearing about, and that will will only be less and less going forward.

      • this is such a true statement, that will probably miss the heads of most people…
        when people think they are informed and such because of internet.. that’s such bs.. internet is nothing without people creating the content, and when people are interested in more clickbait stuff, the real things will fade..

  3. Thursday during morning rushour Caltrans closed the entire bridge for 20 minutes!! No notice to car commuters, no information whatsoever!! There is only one way out this place and that is through the bridge. Unbelieveable that the community is not given any informtion from Caltrans.

    Does his bike closure also mean Riverside will be closed??

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