Almost exactly two years after construction began on the main span of the new massive bridge at the Port of Long Beach, this week crews carefully lifted and connected into place the final floor beam.
Several more tasks still need to be completed before the new bridge – California’s first cable-stayed bridge for vehicles — is expected to open later this year.
When fully completed, the new cable-stayed bridge will include six traffic lanes and four emergency shoulders, a higher clearance to accommodate large cargo ships, a bike and pedestrian path with scenic overlooks, and more efficient transition ramps and connectors to improve traffic flow.
The US$1.47 billion project to replace the current Gerald Desmond Bridge will provide the Port of Long Beach, greater port complex and the community a state-of-the-art bridge. The new bridge is a joint effort of Caltrans and the Port of Long Beach, with additional funding support from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).