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.

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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