Sixth Street Bridge (aka Sixth Street Viaduct)

(2012)^.^ - Rendering of the new 6th Street Bridge which will replace the original 1932-built bridge.  


Historical Notes

The $482 million dollar project is the largest bridge project in the history of the city. Designed by LA-based architect Michael Maltzan, the viaduct will cross over a new public park.^

Bridge or Viaduct?
The main difference between Bridge and Viaduct is that the Bridge is a structure built to span physical obstacles and Viaduct is a type of bridge crossing a valley or a gorge.




(2021)* – Construction of the new 6th Street Bridge before the arches with the downtown skyline in the background. Photo by Carlos G. Lucero  


Historical Notes

Bridge construction has experienced several years long construction delays and multi-million dollar cost increases. The latest completion date is set for Summer 2022.^




(2021)* - Close-up view showing 6th Street Bridge arches under construction.  


Historical Notes

Some of the construction delays have been attributed to “construction challenges,” including the installation of temporary “shoring and falsework” to support the bridge while under construction.^




(2021)* – Telephoto shot of work being done on the new arches of the 6th Street Bridge with downtown in the background. Photo by Bob Bernal Jr.  


Historical Notes

The new 6th Street Bridge / Viaduct will feature ten pairs of arches ranging in size from 30 to 60-feet. The bridge will not only have four lanes of traffic like before, but it will have a bicycle lane on each side, 14-foot-wide sidewalks, and five sets of stairs that let pedestrians exit the bridge at different locations.*



(2021)* - The 6th Street Viaduct / Bridge under construction viewed from Boyle Heights. Due to be completed next summer.  


Historical Notes

Each column will be equipped with triple friction pendulum bearings, which will allow the entire bridge to move 30 inches in either direction during a seismic event.*






(2021)* – Street level view of the Sixth Street Bridge under construction with the downtown skyline in the background. Photo courtesy of Greg Goyo Vargas  






(2021)* – Aerial view looking down at the 6th Street Bridge under construction showing all its arches.  


Historical Notes

The Sixth Street bridge features a concrete “Y” column that branches into arches using grade 80 rebar instead of grade 60, which is a first for the state of California, and sliding isolation bearings exceed seismic code. Stairways and bike ramps improve connectivity for pedestrians.




(2021)* - Sunset view of the 6th Street Bridge under construction.  


Historical Notes

One of the main highlights of the bridge will be the 3 level helical ramp that pedestrians will be able to walk or bike down from the deck level of the bridge.




(2021)^.^ - Night view of the 6th Street Viaduct / Bridge arches with City Hall seen in the distance.  


Historical Notes

Once the Sixth Street Viaduct is completed, the Bureau of Engineering will begin construction on the new 12-acre Sixth Street Park (Parks, Arts, River and Connectivity Improvements), which will rest at the base of the bridge. It will feature soccer fields, basketball courts, a dog park, adult fitness areas, children's playgrounds and splash pads, a skate park, picnic and garden areas, and an amphitheater.*




(2022)* - The Sixth Street Bridge after its opening in July of 2022. Photo by Carlos G. Lucero  


Historical Notes

“The Sixth Street Viaduct isn’t just a connection between our communities – it’s a new landmark that represents the tenacity, beauty, and promise that defines Los Angeles,” -  Mayor Eric Garcetti.




(2022)* - Sixth Street Bridge with a skyline view.  





(2022)* - Night Lights: the Sixth Street Bridge with a skyline view. Photo by Wilhelm Meischer  


Historical Notes

This federally-funded $588 million landmark, known as the ‘Ribbon of Life’ Bridge or ‘Puente del Pueblo’ in Spanish, reconnects Boyle Heights to Downtown Los Angeles.




(2022)* - The Sixth Street Bridge - A very aesthetically pleasing bridge from any angle. Photo by Rene Hoyo  


Historical Notes

The Sixth Street Viaduct officially opened on July 9th, 2022 but had to be shut down for a while due to vandalism.



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