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  1. HS Cult Leader

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    Most Americans and probably millions of people from around the world have seen this little bridge in hundreds of movies, TV shows, or commercials yet few even know it's name or where it is. Compared to the Golden Gate or the Brooklyn bridge.




    Officials bid farewell to the 6th Street Viaduct



    Ruben Vives

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    The aging 6th Street Viaduct over the Los Angeles River.

    Final farewells were visible all over the 6th Street Viaduct on Wednesday.

    Spinning tire trails were burned onto the bridge's asphalt deck; declarations of love and poetry were scribbled onto its concrete railings and incomprehensible graffiti was blasted across its high metal arches.

    “So long and thanks for all the fish,” read one note.

    Even the pigeons made a final flight over the concrete span, along with a clattering LAPD helicopter.


    “The great thing about this bridge is that no matter where you stand, you have a great view,” Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar said as he led a final walk across the bridge Wednesday morning.

    Demolition of the crumbling bridge is scheduled to begin this week and could take up to nine months to complete, as crews cart away more than 110,000 tons of concrete.

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    The new 6th Street Bridge, a $449-million project expected to open in 2019, will echo the design of the old one: a four-lane road framed by curved arches of varying heights following the approximate path of a stone skipped across a pond.

    Among those who walked along with Huizar was Los Angeles City Engineer Gary Lee Moore and Michael Maltzan, the designer of the replacement bridge.

    The work is expected to contribute to traffic snarls as soon as Feb. 5, when crews are scheduled to tear down the eastern section of the bridge that passes over the 101 Freeway. As a result, a 2 1/2-mile section of the Hollywood Freeway will be closed for 40 hours.

    “While I'm more aware that the closure will cause delays, believe me, it will be worth it in the long run,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “I can't wait to be here in just a few short years to cut the ribbon.”

    City officials say they have made improvements to surrounding intersections in an effort to mitigate some of the congestion.

    “We certainly want to thank the public for their patience and allowing us to demolish the bridge,” said Moore.


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    The 6th Street Bridge east of downtown Los Angeles is scheduled to close for demolition. On Wednesday, some visited the bridge for a “final walk.”

    The new 6th Street Bridge, a $449-million project expected to be completed in 2019, will echo the design of the old one: a four-lane road framed by curved arches of varying heights following the approximate path of a stone skipped across a pond.

    Planners imagine the bridge as one that dedicates equal space to pedestrians, bicyclists and cars and integrates the two very different communities it connects.

    Built in 1932, the 6th Street Bridge is the city’s longest — extending about 3,500 feet — and had become a historical landmark.

    During its lifetime, the bridge played a supporting role in numerous movies, television shows and music videos.

    Unfortunately, the bridge also suffered from a terminal case of “concrete cancer,” according to engineers. Its cement supports began to disintegrate because of a chemical problem known as alkali silica reaction.


    “We couldn’t reverse that,” Moore said.


    As a result, the bridge is vulnerable to failure in a major earthquake.

    “While I’m sad today and I hate to see it go — and we’re doing it because of public safety concern — I’m looking forward to the future the new bridge will provide,” Huizar said.

    Over the last few months, Angelenos have made their way to the bridge for a final visit.

    There was a “6th Street Bridge Farewell Festival” held in October, and more than 100 people gathered on its deck Tuesday night for a boisterous farewell party. (The LAPD eventually put an end to the festivities, telling the crowd to leave.)

    On Wednesday morning, Tony Garcia, 40, of Boyle Heights, said he and his brother used to ride their bikes on the bridge. He, his father and brother got up early in the morning to take photos of themselves standing on the structure. He said he plans to do the same when the new bridge opens.

    “It’s sad to see it go,” he said. “It’s like your first car, even if it doesn’t work, you don’t want to let it go.”



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    grease right?
    I always think of that one when I see this
     
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    Never seen it in my life. :coffee:
     
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    That and many others! It's funny, I see shows frequently that would use either the 6th street bridge or the 4th street bridge (the next bridge over) and pass it off for bridges especially from New York. The show on Fox a couple years ago Touch with Kiefer Sutherland, there was a scene that his kid wanders away from the car there in NY, and he then finds him a block away standing on the ledge of a bridge where he grabs him down. It was the 6th street bridge.
     
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    Joe Dirt was looking at that bridge before he fell off another one.

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    Give me my Soo Line Ore Dock back! Cocksuckers! :punch:

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    Its a vaggot blidge blo, who gives a vock
     
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    They landed a jet on it in the movie S.W.A.T. starring Samuel L Jackson.

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    Meanwhile, in Kentucky, our dipshit newly elected gov is lobbying to put another coat of paint on the decaying, overworked Brent Spence Bridge into Cincinnati on I-75. It is already carrying about 3x the traffic it was designed to carry. And in the name of Reagan, they refuse to do anything to actually fix the issue.
     
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    it's iconic.....it's LA noir and they're revitalizing the LA river. IMO, LA is probably the most fascinating city in america. it has so many different locations with totally different vibes. it has the pacific and mountains and hills, palm trees and 1920's houses plus hollywood is the place of dreams (or it was).
    if i was younger i'd move out there in a split second...i loved it when my daughter lived there.
     
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    Hell, they should charge an extra toll and market it as "Extreme Driving: the Vintage Civil Engineering Experience."

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    damn shame
     
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    I've never seen it nor heard of it before this thread.

    I wonder if the new, $500 million bridge will last half as long as the bridge it is replacing.