Boyle Heights residents are being asked to attend a community briefing on the closure of the Sixth Street Bridge –a day after the historic span is permanently closed to traffic.

The briefing will take place on Thursday, January 28, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Puente Learning Center, 501 South Boyle Avenue. City officials will discuss the bridge closure –scheduled for Wednesday January 27– and its demolition to make way for a new structure to open in 2018.

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Officials will also provide information on the 40-hour closure of a portion of the 101 Freeway that will take place the first weekend in February (from Friday, Feb. 5 at 10 p.m. to Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2:00 p.m.), including detailed detour routes.

The Sixth Street Viaduct –as it is officially known– is being demolished because of structural damage. A new bridge, designed by architect Michael Maltzan, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018 and the public space beneath it in 2019. The $428 million construction is said to be the largest bridge project in Los Angeles history.

Since there is limited parking at the meeting location on Thursday, the public is asked to carpool or take public transportation. Metro planning information here.

Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community newspaper produced by its youth "por y para la comunidad". The newspaper and its sister website serve an immigrant neighborhood in East Los Angeles of just under...

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