City awards design firm $30 millon contract for new 6th Street Bridge
A rendering of the design for the new 6th Street Bridge.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — The L.A. City Council approved a $30 million contract this week for the design firm that will be creating a brand new 6th Street bridge.
HNTB won a competition for the project last year, with their concept of canted cable supported arches and "community gathering space" slated for both sides of the L.A. River.
"The HNTB Sixth Street Viaduct conceptual design - a ribbon of arches - melds current structural technology with an aesthetic vision that embraces the entire 3,500-foot length,” said City engineer Gary Lee Moore in a statement last year. “It will be an infrastructure element that I anticipate will become an icon for Los Angeles.”
Renderings for the new structure depict recreation spaces and sports courts underneath the bridge, as well as a skate park and an outdoor plaza. The plaza slated for the Arts District side of the structure may also host cafe´s, live music and public art.
The current bridge, which has been used as a backdrop for countless film shoots and music videos, is about 80 years old and a recognizable part of DTLA's landscape.
But it has a type of "concrete cancer" that's effecting the bridge's structural integrity, making it the "most at-risk bridge in the city to collapse during a major earthquake," according to Huizar.
“I thank my colleagues on the City Council for taking this final, decisive action, which will allow us to replace our iconic bridge with an equally iconic marvel that will utilize the L.A. River and pedestrian access in a way never seen before,” said Councilman José Huizar.
Construction on the new bridge is expected to begin in 2015 after approval from the Board of Public Works and the City Council. The project is expected to be completed in late 2018 and opened in 2019.