Sixth Street Bridge arch to be salvaged for park

Demolition reaches the Sixth Street Bridge arches | Kevin Break

Nearly 2,000 feet of the Sixth Street Bridge linking Boyle Heights and Downtown has been torn down since the demolition began earlier this year, according to a recent update on the project’s Facebook page.  Photographer Kevin Break took a photo last week showing how the demo work had reached the arches of the span, officially know as the Sixth Street Viaduct, as it crosses over the L.A. River channel. It turns out that one of those much photographed metal arches is going to be preserved and located near replacement bridge.

“One of the arches will be preserved and located in the 8 acres of landscaping below the new viaduct,” said a posting on the project’s Facebook page. “We will begin developing landscape plans soon.”

It’s not clear which of the arches will be preserved.

Moving from east to west, tearing down the old bridge  is going to take several more months before the 3,500-foot-long bridge will be completely demolished. 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.

Courtesy L.A. Bureau of Engineering


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