After 35 Year Wait, Valley Boulevard Bridge Opens

The $54 million project features artwork, realigned streets, and other infrastructure improvements.

By EGP News Service

The residents of El Sereno would be excused if they don’t get too excited the next time city officials announce plans to make major improvements in their community.

Nearly 35 years after it was first proposed by city planners, the westbound lanes on the Valley Boulevard Bridge finally opened on May 5. With the eastbound lanes open since early last year, the $54 million bridge is now open to all traffic, allowing commuters and emergency response crews to bypass the 30 freight-train crossings per day.

(L-R) Bureau of Contract Administrator Michael Chung, Inspector of Public Works John L. Reamer Jr., City Engineer Gary Lee Moore, Board of Public Works Commissioner Cynthia Ruiz, LA Councilmember Jose Huizar (CD-14), and president of the Hillside Village Community Association, Luanna Allard officially open the Valley Bridge. (EGP phot by Fred Zermeno)

(L-R) Bureau of Contract Administrator Michael Chung, Inspector of Public Works John L. Reamer Jr., City Engineer Gary Lee Moore, Board of Public Works Commissioner Cynthia Ruiz, LA Councilmember Jose Huizar (CD-14), and president of the Hillside Village Community Association, Luanna Allard officially open the Valley Bridge. (EGP phot by Fred Zermeno)

Located between Eastern and Marianna avenues the bridge alleviates chronic bottleneck conditions and the re-routing of emergency personnel, as well as air pollution from idle automobiles.

In 2006, Councilman Jose Huizar, in whose district the bridge is located, pushed Metro to set aside an earlier decision to put the project on hold, and free up the funds needed to get the construction underway.

When all work is completed in fall of this year, the bridge will feature artwork from commissioned artists Jose Antonio Aguirre and Robert Delgado. Some of the pieces already completed features tile, limestone and glass mosaic artwork that incorporates the history of El Sereno and its residents, said Huizar at the bridge re-opening.

Other improvements include the realignment of Valley Boulevard, construction of curbs, gutters and sidewalks, drainage and sanitary sewer facilities, landscaping, retainer walls, street lighting and traffic signals.

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May 6, 2010  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

Comments

2 Responses to “After 35 Year Wait, Valley Boulevard Bridge Opens”

  1. Dave on May 8th, 2010 2:20 pm

    Thanks, now about that marginal art work, what is up looks like a child did the work, If this is the best Robet Delgado can do it sucks. Where are the phots of our residents of El Sereno as he promised. You cannot see faces at all. His work reflects poor quality and this is embarrassing to all Latino artists. I hope th eother artist workign on the other bridges do a better job then him.

  2. John Doe on May 16th, 2010 7:54 pm

    the bridge clutters up traffic on Valley & Eastern. What a waste

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