Los Angeles broke ground this month on an ambitious bridge undertaking, created by Michael Maltzan of Michael Maltzan Architecture.
The 3,500-foot bridge, made of up of 10 pairs of arches that will light up at night, is replacing the iconic Sixth Street Viaduct, which was built in 1932. It will span the Los Angeles River and U.S. Route 101 freeway, connecting the Boyle Heights neighborhood to downtown L.A.
“These pairs of repeated concrete arches and cable-supported roadway deck are concurrently sophisticated and effective,” the architect mentioned. The venture is scheduled for completion in 2019.
The bridge will boost accessibility for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, with 5 staircases at different points along the span along with ramps for cyclists. Moreover, the construction is becoming developed in tandem with parks and green room being developed underneath and around the bridge.
“The undertaking foresees a multimodal future for the city, a single that accommodates automobiles, incorporates substantial new bicycle connections and also increases connectivity for pedestrians to accessibility the viaduct,” stated Maltzan.
It will link “the bridge to the Los Angeles River and future urban landscapes in a more meaningful relationship.” The project is just one particular contributor to the recent surge in the city’s creating design projects.