If you’re able to keep up with all LA River news, you can now add the Glendale Bridge to a growing roster of spanage in the Elysian Valley area.
Already within six miles, three other bridges are in various states of construction, not to mention the future Bob Hope Bridge to be built further west in Burbank.
Poor little Sunnynook, let’s hope no one forgets you…
On Tuesday, The Glendale City Council voted unanimously 5-0 to appropriate $18.75 million of Proposition 68 funds towards the third and largest phase of the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk for the new bridge by the northeast corner of Griffith Park.
This process has taken a few years to move forward and the next steps will take a little while longer while they sort out which alignment the bridge will take, so let’s help them!
There are three options situated between Riverside Drive and the 134 Freeway within a mile.
To the west, the first option connects on the northside of the river from the western entrance to the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk crossing directly south.
Phase One of the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk lies just south of Dreamworks
This appears to be highly unlikely as the crossing at Riverside Drive (which I’m still trying to figure out why bike lanes weren’t added in it’s recent update) is nearby.
When the LA River Path extends from the Universal Station which is long overdue, from this point, people choosing to access Downtown Burbank would also have the future Bob Hope Bridge as a viable option with the bike lanes on Riverside / Sonora.
The second option for the Glendale Bridge would be a connection from the eastside of Dreamworks off of the Flower entrance.
Having a connection to the western side of Glendale is nice, but when you look at the third option, you wonder why this was even a choice other than cost.
Making the turn on the LA River Path at the Ferraro
As you can tell by my lead-in the eastern most proposal checks a lot of boxes as the three point connection covers the purpose of option #2 while also connecting to the south side of the 134.
This has always been a hard area to access with having to bear the speeds of San Fernando Road a constant threat.
Getting across the Verdugo Wash has always played a role as a barrier to entry into Downtown Glendale.
Also, if I’m Golden Road Brewery, I’d pitch in a buck or two to make this a reality.
Of course, there’s a lot of moving parts until we see this Glendale Bridge join the growing flock.
Let’s just hope the choice is clear.