Top Bridge Project Moments: No. 3 ‘Topping Out the Towers’

On December 5, 2017, a “topping-out” ceremony marked the end of a three-year construction process to build the Bridge Project’s two 515-foot-tall signature towers. The ceremony was attended by more than 100 dignitaries, including state, local and federal officials as well as construction crews.

At 515 feet, the towers are almost as high as the Washington Monument in the nation’s capital, which is 555 feet tall. The towers are the tallest structures in Long Beach, and they make the project the second-tallest cable-stayed bridge in the United States.

The ceremony recognized the contributions of the project’s four funders: Caltrans, Port of Long Beach, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“This achievement is the result of collaboration among our funding partners, as well as world-class engineering and construction by the whole project team,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero (pictured above at the ceremony).

Also honored at the ceremony were the following construction trades: Cement Masons Local 500, Electricians IBEW Local 11, Ironworkers Locals 416 and 433, Laborers’ Local 1309, Operating Engineers Local 12, Southwest Carpenters/Pile Drivers and Teamsters Local 166.