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

Thousands of pedestrians, cyclists, roller skaters, skateboarders and others converge on the new Sixth Street Viaduct on Sunday to celebrate the official opening of the immediately iconic bridge connecting downtown Los Angeles to the city’s historic Eastside.

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

A girl enjoys a frozen feast while crossing a bridge with her mother and uncle.

Violet Martinez, 3, enjoys a frozen treat while crossing the Sixth 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, cyclists, skateboarders, and roller skaters from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It was opened for vehicles at 7 pm

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Pedestrians use the ramp to get to and from the 6th Street Viaduct.

Pedestrians use the ramp to get to and from the 6th Street Viaduct.

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A man and a boy stop to have breakfast while crossing the Sixth Street Viaduct.

Daniel Lahoda and son Maxwell stop for breakfast as they cross the 5th, 6th Street Viaduct.

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An upper view of motorcyclists using the 6th Street Viaduct.

Motorcyclists were the first to cross as the 6th Street Viaduct opened to traffic on Sunday evening.

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Motorcyclists ride along the 6th Street Viaduct as it opens to traffic.

Motorcyclists ride along the 6th Street Viaduct as it opens to vehicular traffic on Sunday evening.

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A man on stilts is shown with a group of low riders on the 6th Street Viaduct.

A caravan of low riders opens the Sixth Street Viaduct to regular traffic.

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An arch on the 6th Street Viaduct is reflected in a lowrider's hubcap.

An arch on the 6th Street Viaduct is reflected in a lowrider’s hubcap.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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