Long Beach Gerald Desmond Bridge
Several traffic routes at the eastern end of the Gerald Desmond Bridge will close Friday night to Monday morning, April 21-24, requiring motorists going to and from downtown Long Beach via the bridge to find alternate routes.
As part of the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project, eastbound Ocean Boulevard between the Desmond Bridge and downtown Long Beach will be closed for up to 36 months starting Wednesday, Jan. 27. Through traffic will take a short detour using Pico Avenue to rejoin Ocean Boulevard into downtown.
On Saturday, August 1, 2015, at approximately 7:11 a.m., Long Beach Police responded to the eastbound lanes of the Gerald Desmond Bridge at its crest, regarding a three vehicle traffic collision involving a wrong way driver, which resulted in a traffic fatality.
The Gerald Desmond Bridge will be closed June 14. Detour signs will be posted.
The Gerald Desmond Bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 14, to allow workers to repair and replace safety lights atop the span, which connects the downtown Long Beach area to Terminal Island.
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Harbor Commissioners and senior Harbor Department staff are traveling to several Asian countries, meeting with the Port of Long Beach’s key customers to retain and bring more business to Long Beach.
When the southbound I-710 (Long Beach) Freeway connector to westbound Ocean Boulevard closes for 30 months starting Saturday, May 10, multiple measures will be in place to enforce safe driving along the detour route, as well as urge motorists to consider alternate routes.
The Pico Avenue exit from the southbound I-710 Freeway will close Monday through Thursday nights starting April 14 for two weeks, to allow for widening of the off-ramp. Widening of the Pico off-ramp is needed because southbound Pico in this area will serve as a primary detour route for a long-term closure of the connector that carries vehicles from the southbound I-710 Freeway to points west across the Gerald Desmond Bridge.
Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach
The Science Channel’s “Strip the City” program, which uses computer-generated imaging and animation to “peel back” a city layer-by-layer, will highlight the intricate work of building a new bridge at the Port of Long Beach, in an episode that will begin airing Wednesday, March 26, at 7 p.m.
The Pier T Avenue off-ramp from westbound Ocean Blvd. will permanently close at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, as construction begins on Terminal Island to replace the Gerald Desmond Bridge. Alternate routes will allow for continued access from Ocean Blvd.
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a $1.02 billion budget for fiscal year 2014 that includes the Port of Long Beach’s largest-ever capital improvement spending plan.
A total of $788 million in capital spending ― 6 percent more than last year ― leads the planned expenses in the budget that covers the fiscal year set to begin Oct.