Move Denied: Mulholland Bridge To Demolish, Rebuild, Stay Put
Plans to relocate Mulholland Bridge have been rejected despite residents' concerns about congestion during construction. Metro and Caltrans will be sticking with original plan to rebuild Mulholland Drive bridge at its current location over the 405 freeway, notes Encino Patch.
Reports Encino Patch, "Transit crews will demolish the existing bridge and gradually construct the new bridge, one half at a time," as part of the $1 billion Sepulveda Pass Improvement Project that also aims to add a 10-mile carpool lane to the 405 freeway.
Metro and Caltrans considered alternatives like building a new parallel overpass nearby before taking apart the existing one (a move that could have saved $4 million in relocating utilities) however, at a community meeting on Thursday, officials said required for approvals would likely cause extended delays and that "the project team will resort to the original baseline design of the demolition and reconstruction of the Mulholland bridge," notes Encino Patch.