Janelle Adeloga A. Parra

As we start this new fiscal year, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the members of the International Right of Way Association Local Chapter 1 for another year. This edition, I am proud to share one of my department’s projects completed in 2022.

On Friday, June 8, 2022, the City of Los Angeles celebrated the ribbon cutting of the iconic Sixth Street Viaduct, the largest and most expensive bridge project the Bureau of Engineering (BOE) has ever built in the history of Los Angeles. The bridge cost approximately $588 million and it took more than 600 people and 1,900,000 hours and seven years to complete construction.

Some of the notable features of the bridge include:

· 3,500 feet long and 100 feet wide

· 10 pairs of arches varying from 30-60 feet in height

· Arches has lighting features with changeable colors

· Built to move up to 30 inches in all directions in the event of an earthquake

· Contains Class IV protected bike lanes

· Equipped with ADA accessible ramps at multiple access points

· Accommodates pedestrians

This project received many prestigious awards including:

1. Women in Transportation Society – Los Angeles
2022 Innovative Transportation Award

2. Civil + Structural Magazine
2022 Summit Award

3. American Concrete Institute, Southern California Chapter
2022 Pankow Award

4. Architect’s Newspaper
2022 Best Design Award – Infrastructure

5. Post Tensioning Institute
2023 Award of Excellence Bridge Category

6. The Downtown Breakfast Club
2023 Rose Award Honoree

7. American Society of Civil Engineers – Los Angeles Section
2023 Outstanding Bridge Project

8. American Council of Engineering Companies Excellence Awards
2023 Grand Conceptor Award

9. American Institute of Architects

2023 Board of Director Awards – Building Team Award

10. US Green Building Council
2023 Civic Green Building Award

11. Engineering News-Record
2023 Best Highway / Bridge

If you have not been, I encourage you to come and visit it; take your bike; drive your vehicle; or walk it!

See you soon!

Janelle Adeloga A. Parra, SHRM-SCP, ENV SP, SR/WA, R/W-AMC