Sixth Street Bridge Groundbreaking

By EGP Staff Report

Last Friday, elected officials including Councilmember Jose Huizar and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti gathered to break ground on the $440 million Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project.

Considered the largest federally funded bridge in the nation and one of the largest public works projects ever undertaken by the City of Los Angeles, the Sixth Street Bridge is a connection between Boyle Heights and Downtown LA.

Officials say that the bridge replacement is necessary because the existing bridge has “concrete cancer” or alkali-silica reaction and has a 70% chance of failure during a major earthquake over the next 50 years.

(Redering courtesy of The Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar)

(Redering courtesy of The Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar)

The new bridge is already considered a modern landmark for Los Angeles that will accommodate traffic needs with improved vehicle flow, pedestrian amenities, bicycle infrastructure, and a dramatic design that demonstrates our city’s place as the creative capital of the world, according to Garcetti.

“We are a world class city, and it’s time we invested in world class infrastructure,” he said in a press release.

“From the very beginning my thought was if we have to replace an iconic bridge, we must replace it with something even more iconic – a ‘bridge for the ages’,” said Huizar.

The bridge will include an Arts Plaza, soccer field and pedestrian walkways.

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