Sixth Street Viaduct
|6th Street Viaduct|
Sixth Street Bridge
|Carries||6th Street/Whittier Boulevard|
|Crosses||Metrolink tracks, Los Angeles River, Union Pacific Railroad tracks, Santa Ana Freeway, Golden State Freeway, several local streets|
|Locale||Downtown and Boyle Heights areas of Los Angeles, California|
|Official name||Sixth Street Bridge from the LA River|
|Other name(s)||6th Street Viaduct|
|Maintained by||City of Los Angeles and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)|
|ID number||53C-1880 (City of Los Angeles), 53-0595 (Caltrans)|
|Material||Reinforced concrete and steel|
|Total length||3,500 feet (1,100 m)|
|Width||46 feet (14 m)|
The Sixth Street Viaduct, also known as the Sixth Street Bridge, was a viaduct bridge that connects the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles with the Boyle Heights neighborhood. It spans the Los Angeles River, the Santa Ana Freeway (US 101), and the Golden State Freeway (I-5), as well as Metrolink and Union Pacific railroad tracks and several local streets. Built in 1932, the viaduct is composed of three independent structures: the reinforced concrete west segment, the central steel arch segment over the river, and the reinforced concrete east segment. In 1986, the Caltrans bridge survey found the Sixth Street Viaduct eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
Despite its historical status, the bridge was closed for demolition and replacement in January 2016 due to concerns over seismic instability.
Demolition and replacement
During the construction of the viaduct in the 1930s, an onsite plant was used to supply the concrete for construction. However, the quality of the concrete turned out to have a high alkali content and led to an alkali-silica reaction which creates cracks in the concrete and saps the strength of the structure. It is the only one of the historic LA River bridges to suffer from ASR.
After initial demolition plans were delayed, the bridge was closed on January 27, 2016, and demolition was scheduled to begin on February 5, 2016. An estimated 48,000 cubic yards of concrete, 1,245 tons of structural steel and 4,200 tons of rebar will be hauled away as construction begins on the replacement. The new bridge, designed by architect Michael Maltzan and the HNTB Design-Build team, is set to be completed in 2019. It is expected that it will take nine months to demolish the existing bridge. City leaders are also looking into building parks and plazas around the newly built bridge.
Prior to the demolition, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti recorded the rap song "101SlowJam", backed by musicians from the city's Roosevelt High School, and issued it via a video on his own YouTube channel. The public service announcement video advertised the closure of parts of the 101 Freeway to accommodate the demolition of the viaduct.
The bridge is a well-known local landmark, and has appeared in numerous films, television shows, music videos and video games since 1932.
- Hot Rod Girl (1956)
- Point Blank (1967)
- That Man Bolt (1973)
- Freaky Friday (1976)
- Grease (1978)
- Blue Thunder (1983)
- Repo Man (1984)
- Savage Streets (1984)
- To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
- Armed and Dangerous (1986)
- The Naked Gun (1988)
- Terminator 2 (1991)
- Blood In Blood Out (1993)
- The Mask (1994)
- My Family (1995)
- Playing God (1997)
- Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
- Biker Boyz (2003)
- The Core (2003)
- National Security (2003)
- Terminator 3 (2003)
- S.W.A.T. (2003)
- Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
- Be Cool (2005)
- Dirty (2005)
- Drive (2011)
- Horrible Bosses (2011)
- In Time (2011)
- Zombie Apocalypse (2011)
- The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
- The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
- Knight of Cups (2015)
- Furious 7 (2015)
- The Psycho Realm video for "Stone Garden"
- Good Charlotte video for The River
- Madonna videos for "What It Feels Like for a Girl" and "Borderline"
- Transplants video for Gangsters and Thugs single
- System of a Down video for Lonely Day single
- INXS video for Afterglow
- The Pussycat Dolls video for Don't Cha
- Pussycat Dolls video for Stickwitu
- Blink-182 video for Down
- Kanye West video for Jesus Walks
- Kid Rock video for American Bad Ass
- Ne-Yo video for Beautiful Monster
- Future video for "Shit"
- Avril Lavigne video for What the Hell
- Thirty Seconds to Mars video for Kings and Queens
- Tyga video for "Reminded"
- Foo Fighters video for "Walk"
- Usher video for My Way
- Bruno Mars video for Grenade
- Christina Milian video for "Say I"
- Ray J video for "What I Need"
- Chris Brown video for Deuces
- Far East Movement video for "Rocketeer"
- The D.O.C video for "It's Funky Enough"
- Limp Bizkit video for "Gold Cobra"
- Maroon 5 video for "Payphone (song)"
- Pixie Lott video for "All About Tonight" (2011)
- Everlast video for "Long At All" (2012)
- Conor Maynard video for "Turn Around" (2012)
- Cheryl Cole video for "Call My Name" (2012)
- Zedd video for "Clarity" (2012)
- The Lonely Island video for "Yolo" (2013)
- Pharrell Williams video for "Happy" [Despicable Me 2] (2013)
- Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts video for "Under Control" (2013)
- Galantis video for "You"
- Paolo Nutini video for "Scream (Funk My Life Up)"
- London Grammar video for "Strong" (2013)
- The Summer Set video for "Maybe Tonight" (2013)
- Jedward video for "Good Vibes" (2016)
- Taemin video for "Press Your Number_Performance Video Ver.1" (2016)
- Red Hot Chili Peppers video for "Dark Necessities" (2016)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to
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