The massive $44-million Fairmont Avenue bridge, which for years created a construction mess at the San Fernando Road interchange, was christened on Wednesday.
The largest public works project in city history extends Fairmont Avenue over San Fernando Road, the railroad tracks and into the city's redevelopment area, home to major offices for DreamWorks Animation, the Walt Disney Co. and KABC7.
A major component of an overhaul to the northern portion of the city’s industrial corridor, the mostly state funded bridge was required under a development agreement with the studios to improve traffic flow and access to the area.
“We’re hoping this bridge will lead the creative minds of Southern California onward and upward,” Mayor Ara Najarian said to a crowd of city, state and elected officials and residents gathered at the base of the bridge.
City officials lauded the completion of the bridge, which was more than a decade in the making.