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Second phase of Burbank’s bikeway project aims for more beauty, connectivity

Walkers on the Burbank Channel Bikeway. The Burbank City Council recently approved the path's second phase.
(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)

Burbank is one step closer to building a bikeway infrastructure that could connect the city to the San Fernando Valley and downtown Los Angeles.

The Burbank City Council unanimously voted earlier this month to approve the second phase of the Burbank Channel Bikeway project, which will be a 0.79-mile bike path that hugs the Burbank Western Channel between Olive and Alameda avenues, where it will connect to the first phase of the bikeway project already constructed.

Ross Young, the city’s project manager for the bikeway, said during a council meeting that the roughly $4.4-million project is fully funded through a grant from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a city match of that grant and funds from Proposition 84.

Young said the second phase of the bikeway project opens one of four pathways in the region that could one day connect the San Fernando Valley to downtown Los Angeles and possibly as far as Long Beach.

“The Burbank Channel Bikeway Project will help beautify the neighborhood while enhancing the connectivity of the local and regional bike-path network and providing a safe alternative to driving,” Young said.

Construction is expected to begin in April and be completed in about a year, Young said.

He said the second phase of the project needs to be completed by April 2019 due to the terms of the grant.

Wildflowers line the path along the Burbank Channel Bikeway in Burbank.
(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer )

anthonyclark.carpio@latimes.com

Twitter: @acocarpio


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