Sixth Street Bridge closures leaves Boyle Heights streets in a jam

Courtesy Boyle Heights Beat

Courtesy Boyle Heights Beat


Boyle Heights Beat SmallBOYLE HEIGHTS — The main concern held by Boyle Heights residents over the closure of the Sixth Street Bridge can be summarized in just one word: traffic.

That was the sentiment expressed at a community briefing held Thursday at the Puente Learning Center and hosted by the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering –the agency in charge of the $428 million Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project. Fresh on many of the attendees’ minds was the nightmarish morning commute on Wednesday, the first after the bridge’s permanent closure to traffic on Tuesday night.

Some Twitter users posted photographs of Westbound traffic backed up for several blocks on 4th Street, one of the alternate routes for traffic detoured from Sixth Street. Westbound traffic was also backed up on 1st Street, which is closed downtown because of the Metro Regional Connector Transit Project.

At Thursday’s briefing, some Boyle Avenue residents complained that traffic being diverted through their street was so heavy  that it was practically impossible for them to pull out of their driveways in the mornings.

Read the full story at Boyle Heights Beat.

Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community newspaper produced by its youth and a sister website with stories also produced by community members “por y para la comunidad.”

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