The new L.A. River bridge connecting Frogtown and Glassell Park is reportedly slated to make its debut in June after two years of construction. SPF:architects announced that work on the orange-colored, 400-foot-long Taylor Yard bridge project is now 75% complete. 

 

Founder and design principal Zoltan Pali of SPF:architects said via a press release: “Bridges are special; they are so utilitarian by purpose but offer so much magic to the imagination. They are impossible to resist. I hope that this gem of a project will realize my goal of evoking the community spirit of togetherness.”

 

The design of the bridge will accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists alike, and was inspired by the railroad bridges that once spanned the Los Angeles River during the community’s days as an industrial hub. The pathway that cuts through the center of the bridge is intended to look as if it is floating above the structure’s lightweight steel frame. The structure will be 30 feet high by 27 feet wide and the width of the actual pedestrian and bikeway path will be approximately 18 feet. Safety measures reportedly include signs, striping, ramps, and barricades to help direct and protect the motorist, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Also, air monitoring and dust control programs will be implemented during excavation activities.  

 

As part of the Los Angeles River restoration project — a plan adopted by the City Council in 2007— the $20.6-million bridge will eventually feed into the Taylor Yard’s G2 Park and the Taylor Yard Transit Village. 

 

But this isn’t the only bridge project the city has taken on. Los Angeles recently built two additional river crossings in the Atwater Village community, and a fourth project is planned by the City of Glendale near Griffith Park.

 

Moreover, and most notably, after a decade of effort, the eight months-long construction of the pedestrian bridge over La Cienega Boulevard is now open. The 13 mile bridge dubbed “Park to Playa Trail” connects Kenneth Hahn State Park to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, directly connecting the heart of Los Angeles to the beach.

 

Multiuse bridges that connect different locations in a highly congested city is a great achievement for a city infamous for its pedestrian accidents. Los Angeles is the top worst city for pedestrian deaths in the country. Over 65% of all severe and fatal traffic collisions involving people walking occur on just 6% of our city streets, and it’s known as the High-Injury Network. Of the 86 traffic collision deaths in Los Angeles by May 2020, 50 victims — nearly 60% — were pedestrians killed by drivers.

 

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Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the…

Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the law school. Upon graduation, Neama was hired by O’Melveny & Myers, the largest law firm in Los Angeles, where he represented companies such as Disney, Marriott, and the Roman Catholic Church.

But Neama wanted to help ordinary people, not corporations, so he joined the United States Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted drug and human trafficking cases along the United States-Mexico border. While working as a federal prosecutor, Neama captured and successfully prosecuted a fugitive murderer and drug kingpin who had terrorized Southern California and was featured on “America’s Most Wanted.” Neama was then appointed to be the Director of Enforcement of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, an independent watchdog that oversees and investigates the elected officials and highest level employees of the City of Los Angeles, including the Mayor and City Council. He held that position until becoming a trial lawyer for the people.

Neama has extensive trial experience. He has led teams of more than 170 attorneys in litigation against the largest companies in the world. Neama has successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict as lead trial counsel, and has argued before both state and federal appeals courts. Over the course of his career, Neama has handled thousands of cases as attorney of record and has helped his clients obtain more than $1 billion in settlements and judgments.