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.
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.Print This Post
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