Now that we know the odds of a major earthquake hitting L.A. are extremely high, we feel especially uncomfortable driving across the 6th Street Bridge. An unusual chemical reaction in the concrete of the bridge’s supports has rendered it seismically unsafe and, sadly, unsalvageable. Demolition of the bridge is scheduled for this January, and its flowy, $428-million replacement will be completed in 2019.
The current bridge—an iconic L.A. landmark that’s appeared in such films as Grease, Drive, and Terminator 2—isn’t going gentle into that good night. Fans of the overpass from across the city joined Boyle Heights and Arts District residents for a lively farewell festival. The event had all the makings of a good time: tacos, DJs, free T-shirts, lowriders, fireworks, and, strangely, a snake handler. Here are some highlights.
The future #6thstreetbridge A photo posted by Sonny Boy (@sonnyboy_paint) on
#painting #6thstreetbridge #memories #LA ..junior getting down with the brush..🎨👌 A photo posted by hectorgomez 87 (@hectorgomez87) on
#sixthstreetbridge #6thstreetbridge #canon #losangeles #igers #igersdaily #photooftheday #shoot2kill #california #snake #fisheye #fisheyelens A photo posted by ⚡⚡⚡ (@spawnzone) on
Assemblymember Miguel Santiago joining in on the fun at the 6th Street Bridge Farewell Fest! Lil’ Ethan on the other-hand, was still fielding calls and emails pertaining to #AD53. 📱 A photo posted by William B. Ayala (@sh8dyone) on
Thanks #LosAngeles for the love and support @supercr3w #6thstreetbridge A photo posted by Mike Carrasco (@djmikemurda) on
Out with a bang. A photo posted by Salomon Peña (@salomon_pena) on
The farewell to the 6th street bridge festival last night in LA. 👋🏼😔 Photo @sonnyboy_paint #livelovelosangeles #losangeles #6thstreetbridge A photo posted by Live Love Los Angeles (@livelovelosangeles) on
6th street bridge fest sure was fun! Got a lot of great shots that i will be posting during the next few days. Thank you @gabbae.xx for hanging out with me and thanks @i.amtanya / @views.00 for the ride 😊 #snapsixth #6thstreetbridgefest #6thstreetbridge #6thstviaduct
A photo posted by Jonathan Nunez (@jonathan__nunez) on
▪️️️️️RIP 6th St. Bridge 1932-2016▪️ 🎆✖️🌉✖️🎆 A photo posted by Debo (@debodoes) on