From Fast Lane, the Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Transportation:
The currently standing Gerald Desmond Bridge links Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, a bridge so active that Port of Long Beach Executive Director Richard Steinke called it “…the workhorse of the goods movement system.”
Unfortunately, at 42 years old, the Gerald Desmond Bridge is starting to show it’s age. Safety nets have been added around key points to prevent debris from the structure from falling into the channel below, and the structure itself is too low to allow newer, taller, cargo ships to pass underneath.
The new bridge will be built some 50 to 60 feet higher, as well as wider, to accommodate more trucks. As Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster put it: “We’re building a landmark structure that will create jobs now and guarantee a stronger port and smoother transportation network for the future.”
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Tags: Department of Transportation, Executive Director Richard Steinke, Federal Highway Administration, FHA, Freight, Gerald Desmond Bridge, Greg Nadeau, Los Angeles, Mayor Bob Foster, Port of Long Beach