The long goodbye for the Sixth Street Bridge


Demo crews working west to the river | Kevin Break

BOYLE HEIGHTS — Demolition crews are making slow by steady progress breaking up and tearing down the Sixth Street Bridge. It’s been nearly a month since the demolition began with the weekend closure of the 101 Freeway that runs under the eastern portion of the bridge. Officials have estimated that it will take about nine months to tear down the structure linking Boyle Heights and Downtown L.A.

Photographer Kevin Break took these new shots during the past week, including an image of the intact bridge that still crosses over the L.A. River  – for now.

The 3,500-foot-long bridge, officially known as the Sixth Street Viaduct, is being torn down because its concrete has cracked and continues to deteriorate, making it vulnerable to earthquakes, say city officials. Traffic is being detoured to the 4th and 7th street bridges until 2019, when the $420-million replacement bridge is scheduled to be completed.

Residents can stay updated, and even watch the occasional live video of the demo work, at SixthStreetViaduct.org.

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Demolition is expected to take 9 months | Kevin Break


Center of bridge remains standing over L.A. River | Kevin Break

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