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After nearly two years of demolition and construction, it seems that 2018 will be the year when the new Sixth Street Viaduct actually starts looking like a bridge.  Check it out below in new pictures by architectural photographer Hunter Kerhart.

The $480-million project is set to span 3,500 feet across the L.A. River, linking Boyle Heights to the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles.  The new viaduct replaces an earlier Art Deco structure that was deemed hazardous due to an alkali-silica reaction that compromised the integrity of its concrete.

With a set of swooping arches, the replacement project by Michael Maltzan Architecture will provide a multi-modal transportation corridor across the river, featuring amenities for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as motorists.

HNTB Corporation - which is serving as the project's primary structural and civil engineer, as well as its executive architect - is responsible for translating that vision into reality.

At the ground level in Boyle Heights and the Arts District, Hargreaves Associates is designing 12 acres of new park space which will provide recreation space, and even incorporate one of the arches of the original viaduct.

Completion is anticipated in 2020.

Image via Michael Maltzan Architecture

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