The L.A. Bureau of Engineering unveiled an improved Laurel Canyon Boulevard Bridge in Sun Valley. Crossing over the Tujunga Wash, the updated bridge is designed to improve traffic and pedestrian safety along Laurel Canyon Boulevard.
The federally-funded project rehabilitated and widened the existing bridge by 39 feet, to a total width of 100 feet, to match the approaching roadways. The project also accommodates an additional left turn lane, wider traffic lanes, wider sidewalks, new architectural barriers and other roadway improvements.
The bridge railing was designed by Heath Satow, with input from the community. The design is based largely on the relationship of the Native American Gabrielino/Tongva and Chumash cultures of the area, with the oak tree. Several varieties of native oak, including the white oak, black oak and coast live oak, were an integral part of their cultures. The fruit of the oak, or acorn, was one of the most important food sources for Native Americans in California.
One story tells of "Mother Earth" and "Father Sky" creating the oak tree for the Chumash, so they would never go hungry. More broadly, the acorn is a symbol of life and potential. Cast into the bridge, these images recall a fertile land nourished by the river below.