The main portion of the massive, $1-billion construction project to replace the Gerald Desmond Bridge will break ground at the Port of Long Beach next Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 10 am, Port officials have announced.
The ceremony will commemorate the start of the “design-build” construction of the new bridge that will have towers reaching 500 feet above ground and will be “a new icon for the Southern California coastline,” replacing the aging Gerald Desmond Bridge that was built in 1968, according to Port officials. The old bridge will be demolished once the new bridge is finished.
The cable-stayed bridge will include additional traffic lanes, a higher clearance to accommodate the new generation of cargo ships, dedicated bicycle paths and pedestrian walkways, including scenic overlooks 200 feet above the water.
The project is expected to create about 3,000 jobs a year, on average, for three years, and construction-related spending from the project is expected to generate regional economic activity of about $2 billion.
During the event, two hovering helicopters at 500 feet will mark the significant height of the future twin towers. The ceremony will include a demonstration of boring and pile driving for the new bridge supports. Other visuals will include existing bridge structure, surrounding port activity of ships unloading and truck and rail traffic. Port officials will unveil updated designs, bridge renderings, animation and other graphics.
Source Port of LB