Downtown 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.
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