The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering’s Taylor Yard Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge is one of the newest bridges to span the Los Angeles River. It’s a car-free bridge reserved exclusively for pedestrians and cyclists.
Opened in 2021, this 400-foot-long, 27-foot-wide steel truss box bridge connects the Elysian Valley and Cypress Park communities, located on the south and north sides of the river, respectively. Orange in color to represent the beautiful LA sunsets, the bridge has a distinctive style. It was designed to require minimal supports in the river, reducing the disruption of the natural flow of the river and habitat impacts. The bridge includes lookout platforms for viewers and provides users with improved river access and more green spaces to bike and walk. It was designed to be durable, easy to maintain, and constructed efficiently.
The owner, the City of Los Angeles, worked in close collaboration with several partners on the bridge design and construction, including SPF:architects (Architect), Tetra Tech (Civil Engineer), Arup (Structural Engineer), Hood Design (Landscape), and Ortiz Enterprises (Contractor).
Melissa Peneycad, managing director at the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure: “The Taylor Yard Bike/Walk Bridge connects communities in an aesthetically pleasing, sustainable way. The bridge enlarges sustainable transportation and recreation options for people in neighboring communities, true to the city’s plans to enhance the river identity and improve mobility. For these reasons and more, ISI is pleased to recognize this project with an Envision Bronze award for sustainability.”
Ted Allen, City Engineer: “The Taylor Yard Pedestrian Bridge is the third pedestrian crossing in recent years that the Bureau of Engineering has completed along this stretch of the Los Angeles River. These bridges are connecting communities and creating safe, car-free ways for people to cross the river. These projects are part of the overall revitalization of the Los Angeles River, and highlight the City’s ongoing commitment to connecting communities and bringing residents more ways to access and enjoy open space.”