Starting Monday, March 25, there will be three consecutive nights of full closures of the Pico Avenue on-ramp to westbound Ocean Boulevard and the Gerald Desmond Bridge for a concrete pour on the final portion of the eastbound decline. Details on the closure are provided below. This concrete pour on the last 150-foot stretch of the road deck will mark the completion of the construction of the approach.
More importantly, with the completion of the eastbound decline, construction of the approach structures for the new bridge will be done, leaving the main span, off-ramp into the city, and Port Access Under Crossing (PAUC) as the only superstructure components left to be built.
The 3,600-foot-long east approach will connect drivers to both the Long Beach (710) Freeway and Ocean Boulevard toward downtown Long Beach. An off-ramp that is visible in the upper right corner of the photo above will split from the eastbound decline and head toward the city or down to Pico Avenue for Port-bound motorists.