Mayor Villaraigosa and Councilmember Huizar announced just minutes ago that they've selected HNTB's bridge design to replace the 1932 Sixth Street Viaduct (which has concrete cancer). The design, which is an over-the-top swoopy take on the current bridge's arches, seemed to be a favorite among the three finalists, and Villaraigosa promises it "will be a world-class, iconic piece of Los Angeles infrastructure." HNTB, with its partners Michael Maltzan Architecture, AC Martin, and Hargreaves Associates, won an international design competition, beating out AECOM and Parsons Brinckerhoff in the final round. Their design "includes canted cable supported arches, providing an iconic 'stress ribbon' for the whole length of the viaduct. The design also includes access points for the community at the base of each arch and community gathering space on either side of the river, as well as direct access to the river." Construction on the city's aspiring new icon is expected to start in 2015 and finish in late 2018 for a 2019 opening.