Sixth Street Bridge gets temporary reprieve from demolition

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BOYLE HEIGHTS — The Sixth Street Bridge will remain standing for a few months more than expected. Demolition of the concrete-and-steel span connecting Boyle Heights and Downtown was scheduled to begin early this month but has now been postponed, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works. The Bureau of Engineering “is finalizing demolition plans and expects demolition to start in the next couple months,” said Tonya E. Durrell in an email. The bridge will remain open until a new closing date is scheduled.

The 3,500-foot-long bridge, officially known as the Sixth Street Viaduct, is being replaced with a new, $420 million span because its concrete has cracked and continues to deteriorate, making it vulnerable to an earthquake, say city officials.

Workers have spent the past couple of months preparing detours and other traffic improvements in preparation for the closure and destruction of the bridge, which will mean motorists, pedestrians and cyclists will have to find a new way to cross the river for at least three years.  Instead of a dramatic, Las-Vegas-hotel-like-demolition/explosion, the Sixth Street Bridge will be demolished over nine months, according to city officials.

Last October, the bridge was jammed with large crowds during a farewell festival.

News and updates about the upcoming bridge demolition and replacement can be found on the project’s website.

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