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Retro-Futuristic Walkway Chosen for Redesigned Bridge

Posted: Oct. 24th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Sixth Street Bridge Redesign
HNTB

The redesign submitted to and accepted by Los Angeles for the Sixth Street Bride looks like something that is straight from what past sci-fi artists used to imagine the future would look like. Nevertheless, the redesign looks really cool, which it should with a $401 million price tag.

Plagued with what experts have termed “concrete cancer,” Los Angeles’s Sixth Street Viaduct is cheating death by opting for something we might call “concrete cosmetic surgery.” The 1932 Merrill Butler-designed Los Angeles River bridge was recently the subject of a major design competition launched by the L.A. Bureau of Engineering. Last Friday, the jury announced its selection of a winning design by HNTB, Michael Maltzan Architecture, and AC Martin Partners, an ambitious proposal that will turn a handsome $401-million sum into an ostentatious new work of infrastructure.

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