Breaking News: Garcetti Seeks to Extend Hyperion Timeline

This design by by EnrichLA and Ryan Drnek of Soddor Studio would be nigh impossible under the timeline set for the Hyperion Bridge retrofit under the current timeline. But if Eric Garcetti can convince federal and state officials to give an extension, then more ideas are in play.

A spokes person for the Garcetti Administration confirms that the Mayor has asked the Bureau of Engineering to formally request an extension on when it has to spend the $50 million that will fund the Hyperion-Glendale Bridge seismic retrofit. A copy of the city’s letter can be found at the end of the article.

Advocates pushing for a more “complete streets” design than the one the Bureau presented this fall have been stymied by the project timeline. After years of delay, the bureau presented designs for four fourteen foot lanes, a crash barrier in the middle of the bridge, and a sidewalk removal on the south side of the bridge. After advocates pushed back, a new design has a pair of three feet gutter bike lanes and shrunk mixed use travel lanes.

An improvement, but hardly one that safe streets advocates were happy with.

As advocates presented new designs for the bridge, the timeline for the project became an issue. The $50 million from the federal government for the retrofit required that final design be completed by early next Spring, a process that would be impossible if a full environmental review were required.

However, an extended timeline would change the playing field allowing visions more progressive than the “compromise” presented by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition as an alternative to the highway-like conditions that the city was proposing for the bridge.

The LACBC compromise plan is a huge improvement over any official designs that the city has produced, but an extended timeline could lead to even more progressive solutions.

Streetsblog will have more on this story next week, but for now it seems this project has the full attention of Mayor Garcetti and that more progressive solutions for the bridge’s final design will be possible, if Caltrans and the federal government play ball.

Hyperion Bridge Extension November 2013.pdf

11 thoughts on Breaking News: Garcetti Seeks to Extend Hyperion Timeline

  1. Great news! Although, and I’m sure I’m in the minority here, I would prefer to see the LACBC Compromise than no retrofit at all.

  2. The LACBC compromise was unfortunately not completely thought out enough. It allowed for the removal of the south sidewalk which most people began to realize was not a good thing to give up. This especially after we organized that huge Big Parade Walk on the bridge and saw just how important that sidewalk is.

    If that sidewalk were to be removed, people would be very likely to just walk / jog the bridge IN the south bike lane as they do in similar situations. No bueno.

    Furthermore, removing that sidewalk would mean that the BOE / LADOT would then only be a small political step away from getting their stupid freeway crash barricade plan put in place 5-10 years down the line when political pressure melted away.

    Placing a WIDENED ADA compliant sidewalk the length of BOTH sides of the bridge with 6′ bike lanes should be ground ZERO moving forward.

  3. I’d rather see “no retrofit at all.” The city’s bridge program won’t take bicycling, walking (even driver safety) seriously until some of their wrong-headed projects actually get canceled. Kill this project! Keep the bridge as safe as it has been for the last 100 years.

  4. Unfortunately – like a lot of city materials pertaining to the city’s great historic bridges – the November 8 2013 Garcetti letter above is factually wrong. “The Glendale-Hyperion Bridge complex was built in the 1930s.” ??? The bridge was completed in 1927, and officially opened in 1928.

  5. Who would be so dumb as to remove a sidewalk from a beautiful bridge like this? Who is this Deborah Weintraub?? Was that her decision? Who are these people??!

  6. Love you Joe. What do we do about all the other wrongheaded bridge projects happening? 4th st? Figueroa?

  7. The fear here is that these assholes wont compromise with removing a car lane they will find 100m more taxpayer dollars to widen the bridge so Tom LaBong gets his fucken “Truck Route”

  8. I think we need to organize against wrongheaded projects – and push for as much as we can get on good ones.

  9. Joe. You say “we” like you are coming back. You talkin militant like you coming back with some fire!!

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