Park to Playa Bridge Work To Close La Cienega On Coming Weekends

A stretch of La Cienega Blvd. between Stocker Avenue and Obama Boulevard will be closed for three consecutive weekends in June for the construction of a long-anticipated pedestrian bridge. The 440-foot overpass will link the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook and Stoneview Nature Center across La Cienega Blvd to the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

Fabricated bridge segments loaded onto truck for transportation. Photo courtesy of the Griffith Company

The construction of the bridge is the final component of the 13-mile Park to Playa Trail, which once completed, will seamlessly connect a network of trails, parks and open spaces within the Baldwin Hills Parklands to the Pacific Ocean. Amenities that will be connected along the Park to Playa include the Stocker Corridor, Rueben Ingold Park, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, Stoneview Nature Center, Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, Culver City Park and Milton Street Park along the Ballona Creek Bike Path.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas during the construction of the Park to Playa Bridge over La Cienega Boulevard on June 14, 2020. Photo by Aurelia Ventura / Board of Supervisors

Construction of the bridge and its support structures will take place during the day and requires the weekend closure of all onsite parking at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, as well as all lanes of La Cienega Boulevard. Closures will be in effect from Friday at 9 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m. over the following dates:

  • June 12-15
  • June 19-22
  • June 26-29

“The bridge that will span across La Cienega Boulevard represents the finishing touch to the Park to Playa Trail  – which will connect not just a series of parks, but communities, from the beach all the way to Baldwin Hills. The installation of the bridge is a tangible sign that this long-awaited, highly-anticipated community asset is finally near completion,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

The project is currently on schedule to be completed by Fall 2020.

Groundbreaking for the pedestrian bridge that will span across La Cienega. Photo by Dave Franco / Board of Supervisors