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Gerald Desmond Replacement Bridge Opens in Long Beach California

Infra News - Published on Fri, 16 Oct 2020

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The Port of Long Beach in California has received a new piece of strategic infrastructure with the opening to traffic of the Gerald Desmond replacement bridge by Webuild Group, its US subsidiary Lane Construction and joint-venture partners. The USD 1.47-billion bridge is the first cable-stayed bridge in California at a length of 2,700 metres and the second tallest of its kind in the United States with its two towers rising about 160 metres in height.

The bridge, whose construction was done without interrupting vehicle and shipping traffic at the port, replaces the old Gerald Desmond bridge with greater earthquake resiliency and extra lanes to handle truck traffic carrying 15% of the cargo imported into the country by sea. At 205 feet (about 62 metres), it has the highest vertical clearance for cargo ships of any cable-stayed bridge in the country.

The bridge is also a critical access route for commuters between the Port of Long Beach, downtown Long Beach and surrounding communities. Although the Gerald Desmond Bridge was an icon of Long Beach since it was built in 1960, it was no longer able to sustain the heavy traffic. The new bridge will have three lanes in either direction, emergency lanes and bicycle and pedestrian paths.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 16 Oct 2020
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