First Protected Bike Lane Bridge, First Multi-lane Roundabout, in the First Council District

First Protected Bike Lane Bridge, First Multi-lane Roundabout, in the First Council District

January 30, 2017

First Protected Bike Lane Bridge, First Multi-lane Roundabout, in the First Council District
City Family Celebrates Grand Opening of Riverside Drive Bridge and Roundabout

Los Angeles–Councilmember Cedillo celebrated the grand opening of the newly constructed Riverside Drive Bridge and roundabout. This $60 million dollar investment was made possible with funding from multiple sources: Federal Highway Bridge Program ($42 million), State Proposition 1B ($5 million), Metro Funds ($7 million), Proposition G Funds—local match ($6 million).

The new Riverside Drive Bridge is a smooth-curved bridge (approximately 1200 ft. in length) that includes a barrier protected auxiliary lane for pedestrians and bicyclists. This project is the first vehicular bridge in the City of LA that has a Class I Bike Path. At the end of the bridge, is a new multi-lane roundabout, which includes landscaping and a public art feature. This is the first modern multi-lane roundabout in the City of Los Angeles.

Artists Brian Howe and Freyja Bardell from Greenmeme created the roundabout artwork. The goal of the artwork was to produce interactive art, and the “hollow face” illusion on the sculptures is in line with their idea because as you move around the roundabout, the facial illusions of the sculptures change. The artists also wanted to use granite stone slabs, which were quarried and brought over from the Yosemite area. There are 9 sculptures with the hollow faces, and these faces are the result of a 2-year process.

“Bridges are more than infrastructure — they’re a symbol of the personal connections we make to destinations and one another,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The opening of the Riverside Drive Bridge is a great day for Los Angeles. The bicycle lane and other innovations make it a place where people can travel safely and conveniently by bike, on foot and in their cars.”

“This is a monumental ribbon cutting for the First Council District. As the President seeks to build a wall, we are building bridges,” stated Councilmember Cedillo. “We have undergone a major engineering campaign to rebuild the bridges connecting our communities in CD1. The Riverside Drive Bridge, however, takes the cake. We have managed to integrate the first protected pedestrian/bicycle path and a first of its kind multi-lane roundabout with nine sculptures,” added Cedillo.

"Drivers should slow down and take care as they navigate the new design. It will take everyone a while to get comfortable using the roundabout, so start with patience and work together," said LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds.

"We are thrilled to fully open the Riverside Bridge and celebrate with the community the many amenities this bridge brings to the area residents, whether they are driving, walking or biking," said Gary Lee Moore, City Engineer. "This bridge is the safe, modern, multi-modal transportation link that the community deserves and one that they helped make a reality."

“This beautiful bridge will provide multi-modal travel options and safer passage,” said Caltrans District 7 Director Carrie Bowen. “Caltrans is proud to have been able to facilitate 78 percent of the funding to help bring this project to Los Angeles.”

Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park. For more information, please visit


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