Los Angeles city officials have announced the winner of an international competition to redesign the 6th Street Bridge that must be replaced due to structural decay.
Architecture firm HNTB beat finalists AECOM and Parsons Brinckerhoff; all three of the firms’ designs were presented to the public in September. The design competition began in April of this year.
“The new 6th Street Bridge will be a world-class, iconic piece of Los Angeles infrastructure because of this international design competition and the community’s involvement every step of the way,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the announcement released Oct. 19. “Los Angeles is where the world creates and innovates, and the selection of HNTB as the winning team reaffirms our ability to cultivate and attract the best and brightest in architecture, design, and engineering right here in Los Angeles.”
The HNTB design features huge swooping angled, cable supported arches. The bridge offers entry access at the base of each arch, access to the river and gathering spaces on both sides of the river.
“The HNTB Sixth Street Viaduct conceptual design – a ribbon of arches – melds current structural technology with an aesthetic vision that embraces the entire 3,500 foot length,” said City Engineer Gary Lee Moore. “It will be an infrastructure element that I anticipate will become an icon for Los Angeles.”
Councilman José Huizar said the best of the best design was delivered for the new Sixth Street Viaduct.
“This bridge by HNTB honors the history of the original while boldly looking toward the future with major river, pedestrian, multi-modal and community gathering features. Our new bridge will not only bring people from Point A to Point B, but to Point C – the bridge itself. It will be a shining-star destination spot worthy of the City of Angels,” said Huizar in a written statement.
HNTB was selected from a panel composed of members from Bureau of Engineering and Caltrans. The winning design was approved unanimously by the Design Aesthetic Advisory Committee (DAAC), which includes engineering, architecture, and urban planning professionals, in addition to residents, business representatives, and river advocates, according to the city.
The redesign and construction will cost $401 million and will be funded primarily by the Federal Highway Bridge Program’ additional funding will come from State Prop 1B funds and local matching through Measure R and Prop C, according to the city.
The project is expected to begin in 2015 following approval from the Board of Public Works and the City Council. Almost 5,000 jobs are expected to be created. Construction is scheduled to be completed in late 2018, and the official opening in 2019.
A video of the project can be seen at: http://bit.ly/RbHNdQ