Hot on the tail of a plan to start constructing under Lankershim Boulevard to connect the and the Orange Line station across the street in the NoHo Arts District, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is now planning to build a pedestrian bridge over Lankershim one stop south, at the , according to Curbed LA.
The main source for Curbed LA's information is the Transit Coalition comment board, on which someone posted the following message:
Metro seems to be on a roll with improving pedestrian access to the San Fernando Valley Red Line stations; after presenting plans for the North Hollywood Station Red Line west portal access to the Orange Line in July, this month at the SFV Service Council meeting, they are presenting a plan for a bridge across Lankershim Blvd for the Universal City Station. The project is out to bid, no contractors have been selected yet; and the project is estimated to take 20 months to complete.
See the attached pdf for details and outlines of the proposed bridge.
"The Metro Board of Directors last month approved the pedestrian bridge over Lankershim as part of a settlement agreement with Universal to resolve mitigation issues dating back to when we constructed the subway there," said Metro's Marc Littman, according to Curbed. "The original plan called for a pedestrian tunnel under Lankershim but the bids were rejected due to high cost so the compromise was the bridge which will facilitate access to all three corners of the Lankershim and Campo de Cahuenga intersection and improve pedestrian safety at the busy intersection. The cost is estimated at $19.5 million and the bridge should be completed in 2014 with construction starting sometime next year."