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Taylor Yard Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge, Los Angeles, California

Connecting communities in a sustainable way

The Taylor Yard Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge, an aesthetically distinctive steel structure, is ushering in a new generation of bridge crossings over the LA River. When complete, the bridge will be reserved exclusively for pedestrians and bicyclists, connecting the Elysian Valley neighborhood with the active, residential Cypress Park community.

As the bridge design consultant and engineer of record, Arup has been working closely with the City of Los Angeles, SPF:architects, and the design team to deliver a bridge that meets the community’s needs and the City’s goals and architectural vision. Providing bridge engineering design, cost engineering, and construction administration services, Arup designed a durable bridge that could be constructed efficiently and would be easy to maintain. The bridge will provide bicyclists and pedestrians with a safe and memorable path to travel on, as well as a lookout platform for viewers.

Project Summary


400feet long

18-foot-wide deck

2021opening

In accordance with the City of Los Angeles and the Army Corps of Engineers, Arup’s experts proposed a two-span steel box truss bridge structure with hollow structural sections and a central concrete pier wall support in the river, which has minimal impact on the riverbed. To minimize disruption to the river’s ecosystem, construction will only take place from April to October, which is California’s dry season. Due to the shortened construction period, our engineers proposed preassembling segments of the steel box truss bridge at the adjacent fabrication yard before driving it down to the river and splicing it. This method will allow the bridge superstructure to be built within one dry season.  

As one of the first of a new generation of river crossings, the project is aligned with Los Angeles’ River Revitalization Master Plan goals of bringing residents back to the river. The Taylor Yard Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge will provide visitors with river access and more green spaces to walk and bike and stand as a landmark of a more connected and sustainable Los Angeles.

The project is targeting the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision Gold Award. 

The Taylor Yard Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge not only connects communities but does so in a sustainable way that aligns with the future goals of the City. ”

Surur Sheikh Surur Sheikh Arup senior engineer and the project’s lead bridge designer and project manager