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, 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. 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 and a segment under the bridge 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 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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COMMENTS (20)
  • johnl-6-bar
    2/12/2016 - 01:10 a.m.

    I think that the bridge was used in so many movies because of the length, the background, and how new it was at the time. It had a nice background of the city and looked good. The length seems to be very long on the bridge which is good for long scenes. Next, it was considered "state of the art at the time". I chose this article because I live in the LA area and I know when something is closed traffic is really horrendous.

  • ericw-6-bar
    2/12/2016 - 01:23 a.m.

    The bridge was used in so many movies because it is an iconic landmark for one of the biggest cities in the world.

  • sydneym-3-bar
    2/12/2016 - 10:17 a.m.

    The bridge was used in so many movies because as paragraph 10 says, back in 1932, the bridge was considered state of the art. This could mean that the movies used the bridge to show how advanced whatever scene they are doing for the movie with the bridge. I am surprised that the bridge lasted for all those years, and I'm happy that they will rebuild it.

  • angelinat-3-bar
    2/12/2016 - 10:43 a.m.

    The bridge was used in so many movies because most movies are created in Hollywood and LA so this bridge was easy to access and use. The article says, "Eventually, the entire 3,500-foot bridge will be replaced by a roadway that has the potential to become another Hollywood backdrop." This shows that the bridge is easy to use and many directors will use it. I was interested in this article because I live in LA and it is cool to see what is happening in the city. I was not surprised by this article because I didn't know that this bridge existed.

  • taylorl-3-bar
    2/12/2016 - 11:46 a.m.

    The famous LA bridge was used in so many movies because it has a really good history. It connects our part to LA.

  • joed-ric
    2/12/2016 - 12:06 p.m.

    The bridge was used in so many movies because it was a great scene to use. People loved the bridge because of simple reasons like the view that it created with the buildings in the background. The structure of the bridge made citizens catch their eye on the beautiful columns holding up the bridge which make a scenic view of the city. ''The bridge's concrete bottom and sides are a Hollywood favorite.''

  • ralma-wim
    2/12/2016 - 12:56 p.m.

    The bridge was used in many movies to increase the popularity of the city of Los Angeles. The bridge has been used to film many famous films. It is weird that they are taking down the bridge. It probably was getting older and older. But we will still remember this landmark.

  • angelad-6-bar
    2/12/2016 - 02:30 p.m.

    The bridge has been used in so many movies its perfect for car races and chases. Paragraph 5 "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." I found this article interesting I didn't even know LA had a famous bridge. I found this article surprising because of all the years the bridge has lasted.

  • michaely-6-bar
    2/12/2016 - 06:32 p.m.

    I think the bridge was used in so many movies because it is in California and California has good shots for movies. I think this because most movies now a days are shot in Holley Wood. That bridge also must look good for car chases in big movies. Like for example fast and furious the movie they have police chasing them in there cars all over the world.

  • seans-2-bar
    2/13/2016 - 09:48 p.m.

    The iconic LA Bridge was was used in so many movies because it is conveniently located, As Los Angeles is extremely close to the main Hollywood movie companies. The LA Bridge also overlooks scenic and prestigious areas such as the La River, that many movies would take advantage of. This article referenced my general area and therefore was worthy of interest.

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