Last week the city presented the latest on the Sixth Street Viaduct project, which will replace the ailing 1932 bridge with a swoopy, "iconic" design by HNTB, and add public park and plaza spaces, as well as pedestrian and bike paths. The design process is just kicking off, so the first big plans are for upgrades at 20 nearby intersections (work will start in spring 2014). According to the Downtown News, "The targeted intersections will be in the Arts District and in Boyle Heights, along Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and Alameda streets, Whittier Boulevard and Central Avenue" (check out the map above for specifics). The team is also starting to think about public art, and seem to be leaning in the "bright lights" direction. Demo on the bridge is slated to start in fall 2014 and the new bridge is supposed to be finished at the end of 2018. The full presentation from last week's meetings is here.
· City Picks Swoopy Bridge Design to Become Sixth Street Icon [Curbed LA]