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A rendering of the new Sixth Street Viaduct

CURBEDLA - August 3, 2017

In new video, fly around the flashy new Sixth Street bridge

We’ve seen the renderings, but a swooping new video gives a much better look at the Michael Maltzan-designed Sixth Street bridge scheduled to open in 2020.

The new viaduct will look—and function—dramatically different than the handsome and iconic 1932 bridge that it’s replacing. Called “Ribbon of Light,” it won’t just provide a new crossing for cars, carrying vehicles from the Arts District to Boyle Heights over the LA River and both the 5 and 101 freeways. The wavy new bridge itself is designed to be a destination.

As the video shows, 12 acres of parks will be built below the bridge in former industrial areas, and new staircases and paths will enable, and encourage, pedestrians to walk up and over it. You’ll be able to climb to the top of two of its arches, and access the bridge on your bike from multiple points. Once on the bridge, bike riders can pedaling in buffered bike lanes.

The video highlights all of that, plus it showcases the coolest path—a dramatic, spiraling ramp funneling visitors to the green space below, which will ultimately connect to the LA River.