Say Goodbye to the 6th Street Bridge


The 6th Street Bridge (aka 6th Street Viaduct) is a well known and much beloved structure spanning the Los Angeles River that connects Boyle Heights to the east and the burgeoning Arts District of Downtown LA to the west. Built in 1932 and constructed of concrete, the bridge is seismically vulnerable due to a rare chemical reaction that has weakened its cement supports. As a result, the city’s Bureau of Engineering is leading a $420 million project to replace the bridge with a new one designed by Los Angeles architect Michael Maltzan. Below you’ll find a photo of the original bridge and a rendering of the new design, dubbed “The Ribbon of Light.”


Original 6th Street Viaduct. Photo by Kevin Break – LA Conservancy


Rendering of new 6th Street Viaduct. Design by Michael Maltzan Architecture.

The existing bridge is scheduled for demolition later this year, but before it’s gone the community will have an opportunity to bid it a final farewell. Organized by LA Councilmember Jose Huizar, the 6th Street Bridge Farewell Festival promises to be a fun and memorable event.

Attendees can look forward to a range of live music performances by:

War | Aloe Blacc | Graciela Beltran | Angela & Leonardo Aguilar | Bullet & Snowfox | Buyepongo | The Cold & Lovely | Subsuelo.

The family-friendly event will also include children’s games and activities, food trucks, community booths, live mural paintings by local artists, as well as 6th Street Bridge Art exhibits from Art Share L.A. The evening will end with a fireworks show overlooking the bridge.


When: October 24, 2015 from 2:00 – 10:00 pm

Where: 6th Street Viaduct, Los Angeles

Cost: Free

RSVP: Visit the Facebook Event Page HERE