GRIFFITH PARK—A new, $20 million bridge to link the cities of Griffith Park and Glendale was passed by the California State Assembly.

The 300-foot-long span will start at the Los Angeles River Greenway, which includes both the pedestrian and bike paths that snake around Griffith Park’s side of the Los Angeles River. It will connect to the Glendale side of the river, allowing resdients from Glendale to access the park and the River Greenway. The bridge is expected to have paths for both pedestrians and cyclists as well as resting areas.

Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, stated:

“We’ve worked for years to get this project off the ground.  Thousands of residents on the Glendale side live in the shadow of Griffith Park with no way to get there without braving the freeway or driving for miles on city streets through Burbank or Los Angeles.:

“The bridge isn’t just a link between neighborhoods, it’s connecting people with open space, miles of bike paths, and economic opportunity, all while creating jobs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and congestion on our streets and freeways,” she added.

“I’ve supported this project for many years and I’m thrilled that it is now coming to fruition,” said Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Burbank).  “This investment of state funds is welcome news and consistent with our priority of building innovative projects that keep Californians moving. Hats off to Laura Friedman for her tenacity in making the vision of a bike friendly Los Angeles come true.”

“These are the kinds of bridges we like to build in Los Angeles,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu. “We are lucky to have Griffith Park in Council District 4, and with this bridge and bike path, we will be able to connect more people to one of LA’s greatest treasures.”

“Our river courses through many neighborhoods in Los Angeles and other cities throughout the county,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. “Today we are supporting funding that will help connect the cities of Los Angeles and Glendale. Thanks to Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, and our state partners, we will finally see this major element of the Los Angeles River Master Plan come to fruition.”

The bridge bill passed through the state assembly earlier this month. It is now waiting on the signature of California Governor Jerry Brown. If approved by the legislature, it will appear on the ballot for voters to approve in 2018.

Written By George Morris and Donald Roberts