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Three design renderings for the 6th Street Bridge; what's your favorite?

By Hayley Fox
Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012, at 04:21PM
via Jose Huizar's office

The rendering from HNTB.

City officials have announced the three design firms chosen as finalists in the competition to create a new 6th Street Bridge. The 3,500-foot span, which connects downtown L.A. to Boyle Heights, is deteriorating and is at-risk of collapse in the event of a major earthquake.

The selected proposals from HNTB, AECOM and Parsons Brinckerhoff range from modern to futuristic, sleek and simple, geometric and complex.

Highlights from each company include:

HNTB: In addition to the new structure, this design includes an in-depth plan for the space underneath the bridge, proposing features such as a grove of Oak trees, kids' playgrounds, a skate park and recreation zones.

AECOM: Emphasizing the bridges display of light and shadow, this span includes "energy-efficient" lighting for function in addition to "dramatic accent lighting" to show off some of the span's more interesting design features. There's also a pedestrian and bike bridge that hangs off the north side of the structure, "providing a new and unique view of the river and the skyline."

Parsons Brinckerhoff: This design includes a pedestrian walkway suspended underneath the bridge as well as down the center of it, along with manicured foliage and trees planted on the street level beneath it.

Please check out the proposals for the new bridge, and voice your opinion in the comments! There will also be at least three community meetings in and around Downtown over the next week, where residents are encouraged to share questions and concerns.

The upcoming meetings are as follows:

Thursday, September 13, 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Para Los Ninos 1617 E. 7th St. 90021

Monday, September 17, 6:30- 8:30 p.m. SCI-Arc, Keck Hall 350 S. Merrick St. 90013

Tuesday, September 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center 1600 E. Fourth St. 90033

Construction on the new bridge is expected to begin in 2015 with a final opening date of 2018.


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