Thursday, October 27, 2016

The columns of the Sixth Street Bridge are coming down


Photo by Kevin Break

BOYLE HEIGHTS — The giant columns that once supported the east end of the Sixth Street Bridge have been coming down, one by one, nearly four months after the demolition of the historic span began.

Photographer Kevin Break, who has been chronicling the demolition, shared images of the columns as they lay on the ground in ruins. One video shows how the columns are pulled down after their bases are weakened by demolition equipment, landing on the ground with a loud thud.

It’s still going to take several months months before the 3,500-foot-long bridge, officially known as the Sixth Street Viaduct, will be completely torn down. Earlier this month, officials told Curbed L.A. that only about 20% of the bridge connecting Boyle Heights and Downtown L.A. had been removed.

The old bridge, which engineers say is vulnerable to failing in a major earthquake, is being replaced with a new structure with 23, giant, Y-shaped columns. The new bridge is not expected to be completed until the end of 2019.

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

Photo by Kevin Break

Photo by Kevin Break

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