Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Update on Schuyler Heim Bridge Replacement

Caltrans began constructing a $210 million replacement project for the Commodore Schuyler F. Heim Bridge in October 2011.

Built in 1946, the existing lift-span bridge is being replaced by a fixed-span structure that will conform to higher seismic  standards, enhancing safety. Additionally, replacing a deteriorated structure with a new one  also will reduce maintenance costs and lead to improved roadway connections in the future.

The bridge is being constructed in stages:
· Stage one, involving construction of the northbound portion over Cerritos Channel, has been completed.
· Stage two, where the project is now,  has shut down the  northbound half of the existing bridge, shifting traffic to the southbound section.
· Stage three will shift traffic to the newly-completed northbound bridge, demolish the remainder of the existing bridge and construct the southbound portion.
· Stages four, five and six will consist of finishing work.

The combined closures  will  reduce traffic to one lane for approximately a year and a half.  Project completion is anticipated in late 2016.

Motorists will be notified in advance of any impacts. For information and updates, please refer to the Caltrans website: www.dot.ca.gov/dist07 or contact Public Affairs at 213-897-3487. You also may email us at Judy.Gish@dot.ca.gov to be added to our notifications list.