Our readers who commute to Los Angeles should know that the Sixth Street Viaduct will close by the end of January 2016 and remain closed until late 2019.
Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Engineering announced today that US Rte 101 will be closed for 40 hours beginning on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 10 p.m., to allow for demolition of the portion of the Sixth Street Viaduct that crosses over the freeway.
The 84-year old Sixth Street Viaduct suffers from a chemical deterioration of the bridge’s concrete and needs to be replaced. Construction of the new viaduct will be completed in late 2019.
The 3,500-foot long viaduct will be closed to all traffic by the end of January. The demolition of the remaining portion of the viaduct is expected to last nine months.
“My main priorities are keeping Angelenos safe and doing everything possible to minimize inconveniences or confusion that may be caused by the closure,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We will do that by ensuring that detours are clearly marked, and working closely with LAPD and LAFD to maintain the highest standards of police and fire response throughout the weekend.”
A 2.5-mile section of US Rte 101 will be closed from the 10/101 split to the 5/10/101 interchange just south of downtown Los Angeles. In addition, motorists travelling west on Rte 60 from the Pomona area will not be able to access US Rte 101.
“We are encouraging drivers to plan ahead, expect delays and to follow detour signs to alternate freeways,” said Carrie Bowen, Caltrans District 7 Director. “It’s important for motorists to Be Work Zone Alert and to Slow for the Cone Zone.”
Construction will start on the east side of the Los Angeles River in Boyle Heights.
“During the 40-hour freeway closure we encourage local residents of Boyle Heights and Downtown Los Angeles to plan accordingly,” said Councilmember Jose Huizar. “As we say goodbye to our old 6th Street Bridge before welcoming in our new bridge and public space, this is a necessary step to ensure the public’s safety and begin the work at hand.”
The Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project is led by the City’s Bureau of Engineering.
“Safety is always first in all the work we do in the City,” said Gary Lee Moore, City Engineer. “Closing the freeway will allow us to do demolition in the way that is safest for motorists and everyone else in that area of the city.”
For more detailed information on the closure, please go to www.sixthstreetviaduct.org.
The article above was released by the City of Los Angeles.
Detour suggestions during the demolition and reconstruction of the Sixth Street Viaduct in East Los Angeles. Image courtesy of the City of Los Angeles.