The architectural firm that won the international design competition for the redesign of the 6th Street Bridge has been officially awarded the design contract, Councilman José Huizar announced March 7.
HNTB was selected from among three finalists last October, but the deal wasn’t sealed until March 6 when the Los Angeles City Council voted to approve the $30 million contract for HNTB.
The iconic 6th Street Bridge is located between Boyle Heights and the Downtown Art District, and extends over the Los Angeles River. It must be replaced due to serious deterioration caused by an internal chemical reaction called Alkali Silica Reaction (ASR), which leaves it vulnerable to collapse in the event of a significant earthquake.
The proposed design by HNTB is a bridge with canted cable supported arches, with access points for the community at the base of each arch, and gathering spaces on both sides of the river, according to the press release.
Construction is expected to begin in 2015 after approval from the Board of Public Works and the City Council. The project is expected to be completed in late 2018 and opened in 2019.