One of the most successful ways that the Bridge Project engages with the community is through construction site tours. The communications team began offering them about five years ago to large professional and university school groups. Because tour attendees were visiting a live construction site, they needed to wear personal protection equipment (PPE) that includes a hard hat, a safety vest, safety glasses, and steel-toed boots.
In 2017, an effort was made to open the tours to the broader public and make them more accessible. We worked with the construction team to close off special areas that were far enough removed from live work that tour attendees did not need to wear PPE. That was a game-changer. Without needing PPE, in the last year, we’ve seen a dramatic surge in tour signups as interest in the new bridge grows.
To accommodate that growing interest, we are opening up registrations for our second-ever sunset tour later this month, scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Visit our website to RSVP.
Our tours make two stops: 1) under the giant approaches on the east side of the channel, with a clear view of the east-side tower and 2) the project’s field office on Pier T Avenue on Terminal Island. The first location offers a terrific view of the approaches, towers, and main-span construction. The second stop provides a great view of the two bridges side-by-side, enabling an easy comparison between them. To get a sense for what tour attendees see, please watch the behind-the-scenes video above.