Photos: L.A.’s new 6th Street Viaduct opens to pedestrians and then vehicles

The Sixth Street Viaduct is open to traffic
A traffic jam occurred when a car broke down after the 6th Street Viaduct was open to traffic.
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Thousands of pedestrians, bicyclists, roller skaters, skateboarders and others converged on the new 6th Street Viaduct on Sunday to celebrate the official opening of the instantly iconic bridge that connects downtown Los Angeles to the city’s historic Eastside.

The bridge opened six years after construction began to replace the old viaduct that had served as a beloved Los Angeles landmark for nearly a century. The sweltering heat and cloudless sky didn’t deter the crowds from taking in the dramatic view of the downtown skyline before the bridge opened to vehicles for the first time.

A girl enjoys a frozen treat while crossing a bridge with her mother and uncle.
Violet Martinez, 3, enjoys a frozen treat while crossing the 6th Street Viaduct with her mother, Daisy Martinez, and her uncle, Claudio Martinez.
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A vendor makes his way across the 6th Street Viaduct.
A vendor makes his way across the 6th Street Viaduct, which was open only to pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and roller skaters from 11 a.m. to 4 pm. It opened to vehicles at 7 p.m.
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Pedestrians use a ramp to get to and from the 6th Street Viaduct.
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A man and boy stop for a snack while crossing the 6th Street Viaduct.
Daniel Lahoda and son Maxwell, 5, stop for a snack while crossing the 6th Street Viaduct.
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An overhead view of motorcyclists using the 6th Street Viaduct.
Motorcyclists were the first to cross as the 6th Street Viaduct opened for traffic Sunday evening.
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Motorcyclists rides on the 6th Street Viaduct as it opens for traffic.
Motorcyclists ride on the 6th Street Viaduct as it opened for vehicle traffic Sunday evening.
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A man on stilts is shown with a group of lowriders on the 6th Street Viaduct.
A caravan of lowriders opens the 6th Street Viaduct to regular traffic.
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An arch on the 6th Street Viaduct is reflected in the hubcap of a lowrider.
An arch on the 6th Street Viaduct is reflected in the hubcap of a lowrider.
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