Mission Road to be closed for Sixth Street Bridge demolition work

BOYLE HEIGHTS — The demolition of the Sixth Street Bridge has now reached one of the arches over the L.A. River. The current phase of the demolition will require that a section of Mission Road, which runs under the bridge, between Jesse and Sixth streets to be closed from June 27 through July 23, according to a construction notice.

A drone video by photographer Kevin Break shows a section of the bridge has now been removed over the railroad tracks on the east side of the river.

Moving from east to west, the demolition work began about five months ago and  is going to take several more months before the 3,500-foot-long bridge, officially known as the Sixth Street Viaduct, will be completely torn down. 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.

Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project

Demolition status as of June 13 | Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project

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