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New Sixth Street Viaduct Will Have Climbable 60-Foot Arches

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[Images via Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project]

Things have been quiet for a while as the Bureau of Engineering and a design team lead by HNTB and Michael Maltzan got down to business on designs for the wavy "iconic" Sixth Street Viaduct replacement, but today comes word that they've finished planning and turned an important corner in the process. (The bridge is scheduled to open in 2019. Street improvements that are part of the bridge project are supposed to begin sometime this year, provided they're approved by Caltrans and Board of Public Works.) Confirmed features of the new structure include dedicated bike paths (including one from the bridge down into the LA River), pedestrian ramps and stairs down into the river area, and arches up to 60 feet tall and 10 feet wide—as is visible in these updated renderings, two of those tall arches will have stairs to the top, affording "an unparalleled view" of the Arts District, Boyle Heights, and the LA River. (More detailed images will be available in August.)To the west of the river, a public plaza is planned; *a soccer field to the east of the river is also planned. The city also selected local artist Glenn Kaino to provide "art design services" on the project, according to a press release.

· New Sixth Street Viaduct Reaches Important Milestones [SSVRP]
· Sixth Street Bridge Replacement Bringing Upgrades All Around [Curbed LA]
· City Picks Swoopy Bridge Design to Become Sixth Street Icon [Curbed LA]

Sixth Street Viaduct

Whittier Blvd. & E. Sixth St., Los Angeles, CA