Dec 2018

Engineering Leads Tour of Sixth Street Viaduct for National League of Cities Conference

In early November, more than 3,800 Mayors, Councilmembers and other delegates from across the country convened in Los 

Angeles for the annual National League of Cities (NLC) 2018 City Summit. NLC is the largest member organization for cities and their elected leaders, acting as advocates for municipalities in Washington DC. The Summit lasted three days and gave Los Angeles a chance to show off our city's innovation and leadership in areas as diverse as green technology and the entertainment fields.

As part of this year’s  Summit, Engineering led a mobile workshop tour of the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project for 50 attendees. Attendees of the tour learned about the history of the Sixth Street Viaduct from City Engineer, Gary Lee Moore and Chief Deputy City Engineer Deborah Weintraub. They also discussed the replacement project and how the new viaduct will enhance and support surrounding communities.

They also discussed the viaduct's influence in Hollywood cinema. The attendees were given the chance to pose with 

cutouts of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as Danny and Sandy from "Grease," which filmed famous its drag race scene on the LA River, underneath the Sixth Street Viaduct.The group then traveled to the Arts District, for a tour by Miguel Vargas, 

the Executive Director of the Arts District 

Business Improvement District. Following the tour they were free to experience local points of interest, including restaurants, galleries, and boutiques.

We at the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project were proud to host these representatives, and to share our excitement about the viaduct project.

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The Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project is a new, 3,500-foot long viaduct connecting Boyle Heights and the Arts District across the Los Angeles River. The original viaduct was built in 1932, but had significantly deteriorated due to "concrete cancer"; it was demolished in 2016. The new viaduct will have ten pairs of lit arches, bike lanes and wider sidewalks, along with stairway access and bike ramps connecting to 12 acres of recreational and open space under the bridge. The $482 million dollar project is the largest bridge project in the history of the city. The bridge is funded primarily through the Federal Highway Administration, with additional City support. The viaduct is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

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The Bureau of Engineering is the City's lead agency for the planning, design and construction management of the City's public buildings and its public infrastructure. Engineering is also responsible for managing permitting for all construction that takes place in the public right-of-way, as well as managing the City's state-of-the-art online mapping system, NavigateLA. Engineering is committed to designing and building environmentally-sustainable projects that include extensive community input. Engineering projects and services support the City's goals of creating a prosperous, livable and safe city for all residents and businesses.

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