On Wednesday, the Port of Long Beach held its annual State of the Port event at the Long Beach Convention Center with more than 700 attendees. While record-breaking cargo movement and zero-emissions goals were the top themes at the event, in his keynote address, Executive Director Mario Cordero spoke of the “monumental” year ahead, highlighting the replacement for the Gerald Desmond Bridge as one of the major milestones.
The current Gerald Desmond Bridge is a vital part of the country's trade infrastructure, with 15 percent of the nation's imported waterborne cargo trucked over it. The current bridge was not designed to accommodate today’s larger cargo ships or the dramatic increase in trucking traffic with the growth of the Port.
With 205 feet of clearance over the water, the new bridge will be high enough to accommodate the newest generation of the most efficient cargo ships. With three lanes in each direction plus safety lanes, it will be wider and better able to serve the current 68,000 vehicle trips that travel over the current bridge each day, which equals about 18 million trips a year.