Bridge construction leaves Boyle Heights commuters facing three years of delays and detours

Courtesy Boyle Heights Beat

Courtesy Boyle Heights Beat


Boyle Heights Beat SmallBOYLE HEIGHTS — Bus drivers trying to get from Boyle Heights to downtown express irritation at the traffic delays caused by the replacement of the Sixth Street Bridge. But transportation officials say they should get used to it, because the project will take three years to complete.

On average, 900 cars an hour used to travel across the 84-year-old bridge —known officially as the Sixth Street Viaduct — before it was shut down for reconstruction in January, according to Bearj Sarkis, transportation engineer with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). The bridge is being replaced because its concrete was crumbling, making it unsafe. The nearly $450 million project includes wider sidewalks for pedestrians, protected bicycle lanes and an eight-acre park underneath the bridge.

Community members now take alternate routes to get to their destinations. Sarkis recommends commuters take the Seventh Street Bridge, which is one block south of the Sixth Street Bridge, or the East Fourth Street Bridge, which is two blocks north.

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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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  1. These closures are already bad enough, but it’s outrageous how many times the Fourth Street bridge has been closed on weekends due to filming! If capacity has already been drastically reduced, there is no justification whatsoever to close the few remaining routes for such trivial reasons.

    • Agree. The filming in and around downtown has been a nightmare. Im a movie fan but come on. Teh city doesnt give two shits about traffic. Its like they are unaware of the fact that in LA…people DRIVE cars. Idiots. Not to talk about the constant closures on the weekend.

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