The New Sixth Street Bridge Will Cost $36 Million More And Be Delayed Until 2020
The new bridge that will replace the now-demolished Sixth Street Viaduct will take eight months longer than originally planned and cost an additional $36 million.
According to a Budget and Finance Committee report dug up by Los Angeles Downtown News, the replacement bridge will see its budget increase to $482.2 million and likely won't see completion until late 2020.
Mary Nemick, director of communications for the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering told LAist that the delay and increased costs come as a result of "incorporated railroad restrictions, temperature control measures for the concrete curing, and modifications to the construction sequence based on input from the erection engineer." In other words, some fine technical details related to construction and also accounting for the fact that the project spans 18 railroad tracks, Curbed points out.
Despite these new changes to the project, Nemick says the proposed design will remain the same, including the 12 acres of park space underneath the span. In fact, the city will begin soliciting ideas for the park from community members in the coming months. Public meetings will start in February, with the dates announced next month.
"The community involvement process for the space will be extensive," said Nemick. "We want everyone's feedback."
The original Sixth Street Viaduct, opened in 1932, has been an L.A. icon for decades. Unfortunately, it was torn down earlier this year after it was determined that its concrete was irreversibly decaying.