Famous LA bridge is coming down In this Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, photo the 6th Street Bridge that spans the Los Angeles River is seen in Los Angeles, before it is closed permanently for demolition. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Famous LA bridge is coming down

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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 Feb. 6 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.
Crews worked through the night under floodlights to dismantle the deck, which spans the U.S. 101 freeway and the concrete-lined Los Angeles River.
The bridge's concrete bottom and sides are a Hollywood favorite; the bridge has been in countless films. Think rival gang members Danny and Leo racing in "Grease" or big chases in "Terminator 2" and "Gone in 60 Seconds."
A 2.5-mile section of the freeway was closed Feb. 5 and a segment under the bridge covered with 2 feet of dirt to protect it from the tons of concrete that crashed down on it.
Detouring drivers on other freeways didn't find too much of a problem, with delays ranging from about 15 minutes to 25 minutes, said Laurie Wonder of the California Department of Transportation.
"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.
The plan was for the freeway to reopen just before the Super Bowl kicked 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 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.

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Why was the bridge used in so many movies?
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  • holdeno-3-bar
    2/12/2016 - 12:19 p.m.

    The bridge was used in many movies because of how it looks. When commenting on the past history of the bridge, the author said, "The bridge's concrete bottom and sides are a Hollywood favorite; the bridge has been in countless films" (par. 5) Many films chose to use the bridge as a set for its picturesque sides. Movie sets need to look good. Since the bridge was very well-made, it was used in many movies.

    I am indifferent to the bridge's destruction because I have not been to see it in person.

  • TehyaWhite-Ste
    2/15/2016 - 12:00 p.m.

    The bridge has just the right formation and scenery and that is why it was used in so many movies. I think it's sad to see this bridge go because it was such a part of Hollywood and the people of LA's culture.

  • morganm-pla
    2/16/2016 - 09:31 a.m.

    The city of LA has taken down a bridge that has become famous in multiple movies that included some action packed car chase scenes. They are planning to reopen the bridge in 2019 after the remodel that is underway.

    The large 220 ft bridge relates to civic engagement because those citizens around the area must find a different route that does not revolve around the bridge due to the remodel. The article states that the citizens are very understanding and are following all guidelines that coincide with the remodel of the bridge.

  • ShawnaWeiser-Ste
    2/16/2016 - 01:56 p.m.

    The bridge was basically my life growing up because I saw it in so many movies. About four years ago, I visited my grandparents in California and begged them to take to the bridge. I was absolutely in love with the look of the bridge. It saddens me to think that it is no longer there.

  • elizabethl5-pla
    2/16/2016 - 01:58 p.m.

    A famous bridge in California is being taken down because of concrete dissinigration from different chemicals used over time. This bridge has been used in multiple famous movies and that is the reason for its exposure worldwide. One of my all time favorite movies is "Grease." In the movie, the bridge is used as the location for the racing, which is one of the most famous scenes from the movie. I think that the fact that it is being taken down is saddening, but I also understand the reasoning behind it.

  • TaylorSeifert-Ste
    3/06/2016 - 04:10 p.m.

    The bridge was used in many movies because it provided movie producers with a great stretch of road, located on a well-known bridge in LA. Just as losing anything that is dear to a person's heart is difficult, the destruction of a bridge featured in many movies is heart breaking to the movie industry. Although the bridge is a great loss, it needed to be replaced because of its weakening structure.

  • coled-fel
    3/16/2016 - 02:21 p.m.

    CTQ: The bridge was used in so many movies because it is long and narrow, perfect for chase scenes in cars and other vehicles.

  • garretta-fel
    3/16/2016 - 02:25 p.m.

    The bridge was used in so many movies because the concrete sides and bottom are a "Hollywood favorite."

  • johnj-fel
    3/16/2016 - 02:25 p.m.

    The bridge was used in so many movies for the way that it looked, and that it was a long stretch of road that was well known in LA.

  • travond-fel
    3/16/2016 - 02:26 p.m.

    the past history of it and it looks good for movies and its very spacess

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