New Riverside Drive bridge opens to traffic

New bridge is pictured in the middle; the old bridge at the bottom. the 5 Freeway is at the top.

One day after a city commission voted against preserving the old Riverside Drive bridge, traffic began flowing on the partially completed, replacement bridge being constructed next to the old structure that links Cypress Park and Elysian Valley.

Traffic was shifted today from the old, L-shaped  bridge (pictured at the bottom of the photo ) to the new, approximately 900-foot-long span (pictured in the middle) that crosses the L.A. River near Elysian Park. The shift in traffic was accompanied by a new set of detours on nearby streets. Construction to finish the new bridge  expected to continue until next year.

Meanwhile,  demolition of the old bridge is expected to begin in a few weeks despite a nearly year-long effort to save the concrete and metal-truss  bridge for use as a public space over the L.A. River.

Bridge construction pictured July 2013.

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