Sixth Street Bridge (aka Sixth Street Viaduct)

(2012)^.^ - Rendering of the new 6th Street Bridge which will replace the original 1932-built bridge. Photo courtesy of the L.A. Arts District Historic Society  


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. Photo courtesy of Linda Emord  


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


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.




(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.




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