After close to three years of construction (with some well-documented false starts, supply chain headaches, and an invitation-only ribbon cutting), it's official: the L.A. River's Taylor Yard Bridge is open for cyclists and pedestrians.

“Our river is more than just a concrete flood channel — it’s one of the great natural wonders of our City, and a precious resource for all our communities,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The opening of the Taylor Yard Bridge is an important milestone in our work to give Angelenos more access to this iconic waterway, as well as new places to safely walk, bike, and enjoy green spaces.”

Built by the City of L.A.'s Bureau of Engineering, the new bridge spans 400 feet, connecting the Frogtown community on the river's west bank with the Taylor Yard on the east bank. In addition to a connection with the L.A. River bike path, the structure also offers river access for residents of the Taylor Yard Transit Village, a mixed-income community built on Metro-owned land, as well as a future park planned at the Taylor Yard's 42-acre G2 Parcel.

Looking toward the Taylor YardSPF:architects

SPF:architects designed the Taylor Yard Bridge, which was inspired by classic railway bridges, and is highlighted by bright orange paint. Arup served as lead engineer for the bridge, which is 27 feet wide, and is supported by a pier in the river channel.

Metro funded construction, which cost more than $20 million.

The Taylor Yard Bridge follows the completion of two similar crossings in the Atwater Village neighborhood.