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Sky-high view of the new Riverside-Figueroa Bridge

New Riverside-Figueroa bridge curves over L.A. River and railroad tracks | Kevin Break

It’s been more than two years since work began on building a replacement for the Riverside-Figueroa bridge, which crosses the L.A. River between Cypress Park and Elysian Valley. Photographer Kevin Break supplied an aerial photo of the construction site taken from a drone last week when work was focused on the part of the bridge that crosses over the railroad tracks (center of the photo) in the Cypress Park.

A section of the old bridge, which preservationists tried but failed to preserve for other uses, is still visible near the top of the photo.

Traffic has been flowing along a narrow portion of the new bridge. But the entire $44 million project is not expected to be completed until the fall of next year.

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9 comments

  1. Still bummed about: destruction of old bridge when it didn’t need to be done; sidewalk on one side of the bridge; no bike lanes connecting to river and the rest of NELA/DTLA/Chinatown.

  2. I’m really curious what happened to this “iconic gateway” that cost well in excess of $1M, that NEVER ran and has sat idle since was complete, becoming a fenced-off canvas for taggers.

    Without knowing the details, this seems to me a waste of SMC donations and operating funds.

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    Thursday, November 18, 2010, by Adrian Glick Kudler

    WET WAY IN TO CYPRESS PARK 2010.11_cypressparkfountain.jpgA fancy new fountain near Figueroa and San Fernando Road hails the eventual arrival of Confluence Park “near the spot where the Los Angeles River and the Arroyo Seco meet,” reports the Eastsider LA. The fountain, which cost $800,000 and shoots columns of water into the air, is on a test run and should start operating regularly in early 2011. The Santa Monica Recreation & Conservation Authority calls it an “iconic gateway” to Cypress Park. [Eastsider LA]

    • The fountain was destroyed early in the construction of bridge. Some dumbass drove a backhoe over it and collapsed the cement covering the waterworks. It is supposed to re-open once the bridge is done … but who knows? 2019? 2020? I am just guessing that it will be repaired.

      I spent one afternoon there with my kid and it was very strange place to put a water feature. the freeways are loud, the air was terrible, and under the freeway a bunch of kinda scuzzy day laborer guys who didn’t get hired that day and were drinking and chilling.

      • Why would you advocate for the saving of the bridge two posts above when by your own admission, the area is filthy, polluted, and not fit for your children?

        • The bridge over the river wasn’t as noisy, had a breeze of air blowing through it, and was geographically a very special spot. The noise and craziness where the little water park/plaza ruins are located isn’t graced with the same properties.

          It is the difference between a hill top over looking a river and providing views all around and a dusty rock overhang looking up at a hillside.

          Plus, the bridge provided distance from the Home Depot parking lot as well.

  3. The Million dollar water fountain was a waste of money. It is just a place for the homeless to sleep. It should have been a skate park for kids or something else useful.

  4. I go there once per week and always see homeless sleeping in the sun there.

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