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 is near 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 they were working on bringing down three massive support columns. This was according to Mary Nemick. She works for 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. It 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. A segment under the bridge was covered with 2 feet of dirt. That was 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. Delays ranged 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. For decades, the chemical reaction has weakened its concrete.
 
Eventually, the entire 3,500-foot bridge will be replaced.  The new roadway 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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COMMENTS (67)
  • levanted-ric
    2/12/2016 - 12:04 p.m.

    The bridge in LA bridge is in so many movies, because it a big attraction in LA. Hollywood loves the bridge and the bridge is so famous and it's been in lots of famous movies like The Terminator 2. My evidence is "he bridge's concrete bottom and sides are a Hollywood favorite. The bridge has been in countless films."

  • stephaniem1-ric
    2/12/2016 - 12:05 p.m.

    The bridge was used in many movies because it was impressing everyone who would stop."Considered state-of-the-art when it was built in 1932. "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." The people who would watch a movie that is featured by the bridge was a big deal and know that people know about what is happening to the LA Bridge people can't believe it.

  • andrewk-1-ric
    2/12/2016 - 12:07 p.m.

    I think the bridge was used in so many movie was because of its history. And its a LA landmark " The bridges concrete bottom and sides have become a HollyWood favorite. In my opinion if i were a movie director i would want some know by many people to be in my film to draw in more viewers. Plus if it's that important and it fascinates many people it would make your film more interesting.It would make the viewer say "Hey i've been there befor".That's why i think the bridge was in s many movies

  • yairiv-ric
    2/12/2016 - 12:07 p.m.

    The bridge was used in so many movies, because they used the bridge for big active scenes. In many movies like grease, and gone in 60 seconds they use the bridge for car chases. It is also a very long bridge for movies to be shot in. In the article it says " It spans the U.S 101 freeway, and the concrete-lined Los Angeles River."

  • alexr-6-ric
    2/12/2016 - 12:08 p.m.

    The bridge was used in many movies probably because, that's where most movies are shot at. The bridge was being demolished because a chemical reaction. The bridge is also one of LA's Landmark, most movies have race in them so they might use the bottom floor. There are drag races in movies or probably other races so that why they would use it. They even put 2 feet of dirt on the concrete floor so it doesn't break when the concrete on top falls on top of it.

  • jazlynt-1-ric
    2/12/2016 - 12:15 p.m.

    The bridge was used in some many movies because the way that the bridge is made it was a good look in movies. In the article it says "The bridge's concrete bottom and sides are a Hollywood favorite." The creators of the movies Grease, Terminator 2, and Gone in 60 Seconds must have liked how the bridge would look in the movies. That is why the bridge was in so many movies.

  • biancat-ric
    2/12/2016 - 12:17 p.m.

    The bridge has been in so many movie because the bridge was the most famous bridges. In the article it say's "Hollywood chased scenes down the concrete-lined Los Angeles River. That is why the bridge has been in so many movies.

  • simonak-3-bar
    2/12/2016 - 12:24 p.m.

    This bridge was used in so many movies because it provided a nice background of Los Angeles. This bridge "played a supporting role in many Hollywood chase scenes down the concrete-lined Los Angeles River." This says that chase scenes were filmed on this bridge, these scenes are typically down on a bridge in a lot of movies, and because this is going down the Los Angeles river, the landscape looks good in movies.
    My opinion on this article is that I am interested to see what the new bridge will look like.

  • wschl-wim4
    2/12/2016 - 12:46 p.m.

    I wonder what kind of chemical reaction is weakening the bridge. I wouldn't have thought that there could be some sort of chemical reaction that could even weaken it.

  • jkepn-wim4
    2/12/2016 - 12:47 p.m.

    The fact that the bridge has been up for so long and the amount of movies that it has been featured in has made it a very famous landmark. But then again its a great thing that we are advancing as a country and making our cities better. The author even said something about the bridge suffering from a chemical wear down. So its good that we are replacing our old things and putting new ones in that will last even longer.

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