Repairs underway to fix broken L.A. River “levee toe” in Atwater Village

LA river levee repairs atwater village army corps of engineers

Construction equipment in the L.A. River | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

ATWATER VILLAGE — Work crews and heavy machinery have turned part of the L.A. River into a construction site as repairs are made to the concrete levee walls that prevent the river from overflowing.

The project, which is focused on a stretch of the river between Los Feliz Boulevard and Rigali Avenue, is intended to fix the concrete “levee toe” that has eroded and washed away where it meets the channel floor. Sections of the river bed have been sealed off to drain water and allow workers to repair the broken concrete. “The repairs are necessary to restore the structural integrity of
the levees to ensure they function as designed in a storm event,” the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a project summary.

An “abundance of rock” in the riverbed has complicated the project but it is still scheduled to be completed in October. In the meantime, the east bank of the river next to the Los Feliz Golf Course will remain closed to the public. However, the west bank, including the L.A. River bike and pedestrian path, is expected to remain open.

A damaged LA River levee in atwater village

The damaged “levee toe” in need of repair | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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