Surprised? It's hilarious.
"The community said we wanted something new and different."
Appears "the community" was mixed. But ohh well. Gauging "community" sentiment means bureaucratic jobs for Outreach Coordinators.
"Council members worried about whether the federal government, which will pay for most of the $401-million project, will come through...."
They want a bridge, but ESPECIALLY want somebody else to pay for it.
"The process will include extensive public outreach, including an aesthetic advisory committee ....."
More bureaucratic jobs....
"The city also agreed to take steps to try to memorialize the condemned bridge, promising to make a broadcast-quality documentary and publish a booklet with black and white photos on the Los Angeles River bridges, and erect informational plaques......"
All this from a city that is essentially broke.
And finally, the gut-buster: "Construction could begin in about three years and take four years....."
That would be 2018/2019.
I'm putting the over/under at 2025.