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Lankershim Pedestrian Bridge Faces Criticism

The project's price, design and purpose are questioned by critics.

Work will start next summer on a $20 million pedestrian footbridge over Lankershim Boulevard and Universal Hollywood Drive as an effort to improve pedestrian safety.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority project will connect the Universal City Metro Red Line stop and Universal Hollywood Drive by crossing Lankershim Boulevard.

The busy intersection sees a lot of foot and vehicle traffic every day, but is an elevated bridge the best path toward addressing the issue?

In a recent Daily News article, opponents say the project is awkward-looking and goes against talks of creating more walkable streets.

Supporters, like LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, say at the end of the day it's all about the safety of pedestrians, the Daily News reports.

Or, as another opinion posed it, maybe an underground tunnel would have been the best approach?

Some Daily News readers expressed in the comments section that the $20 million price tag is overpriced.

Metro approved the project in August. Marc Littman, a spokesman for the agency says construction is expected to begin summer 2013 and last through Dec. 2014.

Click here to read the Daily News article to read all views on the proposed bridge and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Also, read why the Studio City Neighborhood Council opposes the project.

Bob Peppermuller October 09, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Build the darn thing already. Peds need a safe way to cross Lankershim. No it doesn't interfere with the Campo foundation under Lankershim, no it doesn't look that bad (look at the NoHo greeting span further north on Lankershim for something you either hate or love). Yes I know the unfinished tunnel is at the station blocked off by a wall but I prefer the overhead. What I have gas pains with is the $20 mil cost. Something wrong here.
j mann October 10, 2012 at 06:16 AM
Hi Bob curious - where do you live?
Michelle Gilstrap October 10, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I used this station for 2 1/2 years and yes it need a safer environment for pedestrians. Too many accidents have already happened.
Michelle Gilstrap October 10, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I used this station for 2 1/2 years and yes it need a safer environment for pedestrians. Too many accidents have already happened.

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