June 2018


Hollenbeck Palms Retirement Community Tours Project Site

Sixth Street Viaduct

in the News


The Bureau of Engineering was pleased to host a site visit by 25 residents of the Hollenbeck Palms Retirement Community. Hollenbeck Palms in Boyle Heights is one of our closest project neighbors and very supportive of the project. The residents have been closely following our progress over the past several years, including inviting us to give updates on a regular basis to their community. The tour was led by Engineering's Natalie Moore, 


one of the lead engineers working on the project team. Also helping to provide information and answer questions was engineer Robert Thorpe, part of our contractor team of Skanska Stacey & Witbeck. Thank you for joining us Hollenbeck! And thank you for your continued support.

CALIFORNIA.jpgThis week, the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project was featured in one of the leading construction and engineering magazines, the Engineering News Record, known as ENR.  

This article is packed with project facts and quotes from the project team, including Bureau of Engineering lead engineer, Julie Allen.

Julie Allen, principal civil engineer with the city, notes that the old viaduct is the only city bridge that suffered from the alkali silica reaction because it used a certain kind of aggregate that caused the chemical reaction. "The replacement, a $482-million undertaking, is the largest of its kind for the city," Allen says.

Click here to read the full article.

Women on Site: Kim Kees, Carpenter Apprentice


Kim Kees, a Carpenter Apprentice from Local 944, was recently hired to work on the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project as part of the team constructing falsework. 

Kim was inspired to pursue a career in construction and follow in the footsteps of her father who worked as a plumber. Recently, Kim was connected to the Sixth Street Viaduct Project through our contractor's Jobs Coordinator, Veronica Diaz. Veronica has worked on the project for a number of years, helping to hire a diverse workforce. Kim was brought on to the project through the "BOOTS Program" with the Carpenters Union. BOOTS, which stands for "Bridging Outstanding Opportunities with Tradeswomen Skills", is a pre-apprenticeship program specifically developed to provide hands-on training for women to succeed in the carpentry trade.

"As an apprentice," Kim says, "you have to quickly learn the tools and overall knowledge to succeed because failure is not an option."

Kim is also part of a Political Action Committee with the union and is committed to be a leader in the industry, encouraging more women to pursue a career in the construction field.

About the Project

Stay Involved!

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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