L.A. OKs Bridge Plan Opposed by Bicyclists and Pedestrian Activists

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A photo of the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge between Silver Lake and Atwater Village. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles lawmakers backed a hotly debated plan Tuesday to remake a historic bridge between Silver Lake and Atwater Village, overriding the objections of bicyclists, pedestrian activists and neighborhood groups pushing for sidewalks on both sides of the span.

The decision pitted those activists and residents against other groups and businesses loath to lose a car lane on the span over the L.A. River and Interstate 5. On a unanimous vote, the City Council pressed ahead with the plan despite opposition from newly elected councilman David Ryu, who will soon represent neighborhoods at the Silver Lake end of the bridge.

Longtime Councilman Tom LaBonge, who is being replaced by Ryu, said he was eager to pass the plan before his term ends this month. “I want to make sure that it gets done,” he  said.

After the vote, activists opposed to the plan said they were weighing a lawsuit, possibly based on how the plan would affect Angelenos with disabilities.

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