A looping concept by global design firm HNTB has been chosen for the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement in Los Angeles. The existing bridge connects downtown and Boyle Heights in LA and was opened in 1932. Stretching 3,500 ft, the bridge is in dire need of modernisation and HNTB will be providing the final design and construction support services. Construction of the redevelopment works is planned for 2015 with completion due in 2018.
The ‘Ribbon of Light’ concept flows in leaps and bounds down the length of the existing Sixth Street Viaduct and draws on the form of other Los Angeles River bridges. Alongside the concrete structure, HNTB’s plans include a new Viaduct Park and an Arts Plaza, increasing the amount of green space in the area and creating a wider platform for public art. Easier bike and pedestrian access are also on the cards as is access to the Los Angeles River.
HNTB Vice President and Los Angeles Practice Leader Gene Bougdanos details: “We’re honoured to have the opportunity to create a new icon that helps the City of Los Angeles address the need for urban parks and smart, sustainable development. The new Sixth Street Viaduct is a rare transformative opportunity for this community that will improve mobility, enhance safety, stimulate investment and offer people a place to gather, recreate and connect.”