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.

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Boyle Heights Beat

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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