Traffic routes leading to the Gerald Desmond Bridge will be closed for this weekend to allow construction crews to switch lanes over to the new cable-stayed bridge and enable an opening of the new route by the morning of Monday, Oct. 5.
The lane switchover is the final major construction detour for the new bridge project. Motorists are encouraged to monitor the project’s website and social media channels for updates on the closure and the eventual opening of the new bridge.
For the lane switchover, eastbound and westbound lanes to the existing Desmond Bridge will close starting at 4 p.m. today, Friday, Oct. 2. Motorists traveling east from the Port of Los Angeles and San Pedro areas will be diverted to northbound State Route 47 to continue to the 710 Freeway and Long Beach via Anaheim Street. If traveling west on Ocean Boulevard from downtown Long Beach, motorists are advised to turn right onto northbound Golden Shore and the 710, then take the first exit for westbound Anaheim Street. Once you reach SR-47, you can turn left to head south toward Terminal Island and San Pedro. Alternatively, if San Pedro is your destination, motorists can take Anaheim Street all the way toward the Harbor (110) Freeway. During this closure, access to Pier T will remain open for trucks and employees working in the Pier T area. Motorists heading south on the 710 should exit at westbound PCH or westbound Anaheim if they are headed to Pier T, San Pedro or other points west of the bridge.
Lane switchovers will occur at three key locations – at the western end where the bridge will connect to westbound Seaside Highway and SR-47; at the southern terminus of the 710 for both southbound and northbound travel; and at Ocean Boulevard for motorists leaving or traveling to downtown Long Beach.
Barring any unforeseen complications, motorists should be able to access the new bridge by 5 a.m. on the morning of Oct. 5. Motorists are encouraged to subscribe to traffic alerts via the LBBridge app and newgdbridge.com, to be notified when the new bridge will open.