Price of Sixth Street Bridge Rises by $36 Million

The planned Sixth Street Viaduct replacement.

DTLA - The replacement for the Sixth Street Viaduct is going to cost $36 million more, and possibly take longer, than previously expected.

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According to new city documents, the project budgeted at $446,584,000 is now estimated to cost $482,153,771. Skanska, Stacey and Witbeck, the contracting firm on the project, also said the bridge that will connect Downtown with Boyle Heights with a “ribbon of arches” design could take eight months longer than the Bureau of Engineering estimated; the firm is looking to extend its contract to the end of 2021.

The original bridge needed to be replaced because of a chemical condition that had caused its concrete to weaken. Demolition began in February. The new bridge is being designed by architect Michael Maltzan. The price increase was approved by the City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee last week. The full council will consider it on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

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