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LA’s New $588 Million Bridge Shuts Down After Crashes, Stunts

  • Police temporarily close viaduct over four nights out of five
  • Unruly behavior and lawlessness blamed for the closures
The Sixth Street Viaduct bridge in Los Angeles, on July 11.
The Sixth Street Viaduct bridge in Los Angeles, on July 11.Photographer: Mario Tama/Getty Images

A new $588 million bridge hailed as a colorful beacon of hope for downtown Los Angeles was closed for the fourth night in five as police battled vandalism and dangerous street stunts. 

The 6th Street Viaduct, which took six years to build, opened to the public just over two weeks ago, replacing a vintage structure. It connects the Latino neighborhood of Boyle Heights and the Arts District.