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6th Street Bridge demolition halfway done — but one of the arches lives on

City Bureau of Engineering workers brought down the first arch of the Sixth Street Bridge in Boyle Heights late Wednesday night, Aug. 3, 2016.
City Bureau of Engineering workers brought down the first arch of the Sixth Street Bridge in Boyle Heights late Wednesday night, Aug. 3, 2016.
Los Angeles City Bureau of Engineering

The demolition of the 6th Street Bridge, which broke ground in February, is now more than halfway complete. Crews removed the first set of iconic steel viaduct arches on Wednesday — but the arch isn't being destroyed.

"Rock Day L.A." on Aug. 13  — a city-hosted event where Angelenos can take home a chunk of the landmark — will not be the last chance residents will have to be up close with the remains of the original structure. 

One of the arches will be preserved by the city and will be recycled as a focal point in the development of 12 acres of recreational space (set to sprawl under the new bridge), Tonya Durrell of L.A.'s Department of Public Works told KPCC. 

“Preserving one of the arches is really important because ... this bridge really is an iconic treasure for the community. It serves to link two communities — Boyle Heights and the Arts District — and it is very near and dear to so many people in the city of Los Angeles,” Durrell said.  

She said she believes the new bridge will also be iconic. 

The demolition will be finished by the end of this year, she added, and the replacement bridge and new park should be completed by 2020.