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The 3,500-foot long 6th Street Bridge, a viaduct connecting downtown LA to Boyle Heights, just east of the Los Angeles River and spans the LA River and rail lines on opposing embankments, opened in 1932. It is one of 14 bridges city engineers completed in an era of unprecedented civic architecture. The bridge may be the city’s best known and most beloved. Its art deco concrete piers and parabolic steel-truss arches make it an icon of quiet industrial beauty.

LA’s Bureau of Engineering announced on April 12, 2012 that it would issue an international competition for designs to replace the damaged Sixth Street Bridge.  Presentations were given in September 12, 13, 17, and 18, 2012 by three finalist teams.

On October 19, 2012, The City of Los Angeles announced it has chosen the design created by HTNB for the replacement of the 6th Street Viaduct. Its nickname is “ribbon of light”.