Hundreds of residents bid farewell, Saturday to the Sixth Street Bridge, a structure that connects Boyle Heights and downtown Los Angeles across the LA River. It’s going to be torn down and rebuilt because of a chemical reaction in the concrete that threatens to destabilize the bridge.
Saturday’s celebration featured a model of the new bridge, food, and live music.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the new bridge is a $428-million project and is planned to open in 2019. It’s meant to bring a four-lane road and dedicate equal space to pedestrians, bicyclists and cars. An LA city engineer told the Times that they plan to close the bridge in January.