LOS ANGELES (AP) — The end has begun for a downtown bridge that played a supporting role in many Hollywood chase scenes down the concrete-lined Los Angeles River.
Giant jackhammers reduced 220 feet of the 6th Street Bridge roadway to rubble by Saturday morning and were working on bringing down three massive support columns, said Mary Nemick of the city Public Works Department.
“We had taken down the entire top of the bridge. That’s completely gone as of eight this morning,” she said.
“It’s actually been better than we expected. People are heeding the detour rules and heeding our warnings” to stay away from the area, she said.
If all goes well, the freeway will reopen Sunday afternoon, just before the Super Bowl kicks off.
Considered state-of-the-art when it was built in 1932, the bridge has been suffering from a chemical reaction that for decades has weakened its concrete.
Eventually, the entire 3,500-foot bridge will be replaced by a new roadway that has the potential to become another Hollywood backdrop. A 2019 opening has been set after $449 million in work.
Arches above the roadway of the new span are designed to resemble the intermittent arcs of a stone skipping across water.