6th Street Viaduct Replacement Project

6th St. BridgeDowntown Los Angeles, CA – Last week on July 10th 2012 at the Police Department Justice Building Auditorium, the Bureau of Engineering (BoE) held its first meeting for the heavily discussed Sixth Street Viaduct which is known to be an iconic and historically significant bridge well-known throughout the Greater Los Angeles County.  It bridges the Boyle Heights and Arts District area, which are very concentrated and diverse neighborhoods; in which there is a lot of community and neighborhood protestation and support for the project.  Its significance is highly regarded throughout the film and media industry as a number of movies, music videos, and television shows have used 6th Street Bridge as its backdrop.  Unfortunately, “concrete cancer” (Alkali Silica Reaction) requires the bridge to be demolished and replaced with a new one.

At this meeting, the Bureau of Engineering presents along side the Design Aesthetic Advisory Committee (DAAC) to reveal the breakdown of $401 million dollar project and the total development project timeframe of roughly 5-6 years.  The current firms that are in the works of the design competition are AECOM, ARUP, HNTB, Parsons, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill – the finalists will be determined in October.

The presentation named the goals and ideals of the project as well as what the public may experience for the new bridge.  Although a design has yet to be determined BoE has asked the firms to design a cable stayed bridge, a curving route over the Los Angeles River, and a pedestrian-friendly area to view and experience the bridge.  The meeting proved to be highly political as all opinions were inclusive of all organizations, residences, and council members were all represented.

The project extends an invitation to other individuals, groups, and communities who would like to be a part of the 6th Street Bridge Project.  “Like” the Facebook page and follow them on Twitter for the latest updates.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/6th-Street-Bridge-Replacement-Project/396497850399803

Twitter: https://twitter.com/6thStreetBridge

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I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California where I find my exuding school spirit for all things Cardinal and Gold to motivate me everyday to explore and interact with everything from the familiar to the unknown. I am pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning with an emphasis in Sustainable Planning within the Sol Price School of Public Policy as well as minor in Architecture. My dream is to bridge the fields of Urban Planning and Architecture into a seamless setting as I believe the two can create positive change not only to the current community but also impact future generations to come. I find these fields to be very interesting as my future plans is to pursue a Master’s in Architecture and if all goes well and planned, I aim to manage and own a city planning and architectural firm. This idealized dream of mine manifested itself over the course of my childhood where I found myself naturally attached to art, architecture, and design. I never for a moment overlooked the possibilities these could affect society, and it is my hope that I can create my dream into a reality.