It’s been 2-1/2 years since the City Council approved the controversial and costly overhaul of the Glendale-Hyperion bridge between Atwater Village and Silver Lake. Now, with the project scheduled to start construction next year, officials are holding a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22 to update the public on the project.

The thrust of the project is to bring the 90-year-old structure that crosses over the L.A. River and 5 Freeway up to modern-day seismic and traffic safety standards. But those issues became secondary as the project became embroiled in a heated controversy over efforts to eliminate a lane of traffic across the bridge and make more room for bikes and pedestrians.

In the end, the City Council approved adding bike lanes and widening a sidewalk on one side of the bridge but rejected the so-called road diet.

Glendale-Hyperion Bridge Update

  • Thursday, Feb. 22 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Drive

Also approved was the construction of a new pedestrian-and-bike-only bridge downriver from the Glendale-Hyperion span. Thursday’s meeting will in part be devoted to reviewing design concepts for the pedestrian-and-bike bridge and updates on the remaking of the Glendale-Hyperion bridge.

One major change has been the estimated cost, which now hovers around $62 million compared to the $50 million discussed back in 2015.


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