Los Angeles Times

6th Street Viaduct shut down for third consecutiv­e night

LAPD can’t confirm the specifics of what happened but says closure was due to ‘questionab­le activity.’

- By Melissa Hernandez

For the third consecutiv­e night, the Los Angeles Police Department said on Twitter that it was forced to shut down the 6th Street Viaduct, saying it was due to “questionab­le activity.”

An LAPD spokespers­on on Monday could not confirm the specifics of what took place Sunday that caused the bridge to be closed again.

The 3,500-foot bridge that connects Boyle Heights to downtown Los Angeles has been open to traffic for only two weeks, but it has quickly become a popular spot for street takeovers, illegal racing, dangerous stunts and vandalism.

On Friday, a driver rearended a pickup truck that was illegally parked in a “no parking” zone on the bridge, leading to several people being escorted off the bridge by police. Within two hours of the bridge reopening, about 200 people gathered for a street takeover, with some spectators climbing over safety barriers trying to catch a better view from the top of the bridge’s arches.

On Saturday, the bridge was closed again after more than 250 people gathered at the viaduct the night before for a street takeover, which ended in violence and vandalism.

“Unfortunat­ely, we’ve entered another evening where the 6th St Viaduct had to be closed due to illegal activity,” read a tweet from LAPD’s Central Area Division. “The day began with community residents holding signs in the middle of the bridge to ‘RESPECT THE BRIDGE.’ Let’s listen!”

In a statement last week, Eastside Councilman Kevin de León said the city is looking into adding cameras on the bridge in an attempt to identify those participat­ing in street takeovers and other illegal activity there.

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Myung J. Chun Los Angeles Times A BLIMP is seen from the 6th Street Viaduct, which connects Boyle Heights to downtown Los Angeles.

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