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New Design Presented as 6th Street Discussion Moves Forward

By Eric Richardson with Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, April 09, 2009, at 01:27PM
Bridge_night.jpg Ed Fuentes

A nighttime rendering of the "3-Dual Tower Cable Supported Viaduct" design presented last night as a possible replacement for the 6th Street Bridge.

Project staff presented a new design for the 6th street bridge to community members last night, part of a meeting that seemed to signal a shift toward discussion of the structure's future rather than a fight over its fate.

The new design, described as a "3-Dual Tower Cable Supported Viaduct," offered more details that paid homage to the historic spans across the Los Angeles River.

The team took the audience through an abbreviated design process, illustrating the architectural features of the 1931 structure and discussing how the historic details influenced the proposed bridge.

The Community Advisory Committee meeting was the first since a contentious February gathering where community members accused the project team of ignoring their input and pushing ahead their own agenda.

In response, the project team has added back more proposed bridge types to the upcoming Draft Environmental Impact Report, which no longer contains one recommended option.

This time, more discussion focused on how the bridge might support non-auto uses, like bicycles and pedestrians. The proposed designs would widen the span to 94 feet, allowing shoulders and wide sidewalks.

The replacement project is made necessary because of a condition of the bridge known as Alkali Silica Reaction, or ASR, often described as "cancer." The structure is the only one of the Los Angeles River bridges to suffer from the condition.

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