Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Building Bridges, Raising Economies

Elected officials and federal, state and local government representatives celebrated the start of construction today on the $1 billion Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement project at the Port of Long Beach.

Caltrans contributed half of the funding with the remainder provided by the federal government, the port and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 

When completed in four years, the new bridge will be able to accommodate the largest containships in the world, making the port competitive well into the future. 

This new bridge will be a monument to the power of partnerships,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Everyone stepped up to the plate to make this a reality – the state, the port, the federal government, the local transportation agency and the construction industry.”