ATWATER VILLAGE — The threat of heavy El Niño rains prompted the construction of a temporary barrier along the L.A. River to reduce the risk of flooding in the Atwater area. The wrath of El Niño missed Southern California for the most part but the barrier remains, blocking access to the river and forcing cyclists and pedestrians to take detours at times. When will that barrier be removed? A decision will be made soon, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The four-foot-high, sand-filled barrier, which was installed on both sides of the river, were built along the edge of the concrete river channel. In some cases, the barrier forced the closure of the adjacent walking and bike path as well as access to the Sunnynook foot bridge, aka Atwater Love Lock Bridge.
“The temporary protective barriers are anticipated to be removed soon after the end of the flood season, which is typically mid-April,” said corps spokesman Jay Field. “At that time, we’ll confirm the forecast before removal, which should be completed within two months.”
The barrier is part of more than $3 million in emergency measures that were undertaken to reduce the chance of flooding along the river from Griffith Park to Elysian Valley.
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