Friday, May 2, 2014

I-710 Connector in Long Beach Set for Long-Term Closure

SB I-710 to WB Ocean Blvd. Connector Set to Close May 10

The southbound I-710 (Long Beach) Freeway connector to westbound Ocean Boulevard is scheduled to close on May 10 so it can be demolished as part of the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project.

The long-term closure is tentatively set to start at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 10. The connector to be demolished links the southbound I-710 to the existing westbound Gerald Desmond Bridge/Ocean Boulevard. A new connector will be built, along with the new bridge. The Gerald Desmond Bridge will remain open.

When the connector closes, southbound I-710 traffic heading to Terminal Island will be diverted briefly onto southbound Pico Avenue to rejoin westbound Ocean Boulevard via the Pico Avenue on-ramp. Detour signs will be in place.

To learn more about the connector closure and associated road closures, visit our FAQ page. Download a detour map and click here to view a demonstration video of the detour and a suggested alternate route.
Please see below for more information about this week's closures.

GDB Replacement Project Work:

SB I-710 Freeway to WB Ocean Blvd. Connector Closure

Type of Work: Freeway connector closure
Area of Work: The southbound I-710 Freeway to westbound Ocean Boulevard connector will be demolished. The detour for traffic headed to Terminal Island and San Pedro is southbound Pico Avenue to westbound Ocean Boulevard. Detour map available here.
When: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014 for approx. 30 months

Pico Avenue Off-Ramp (Piers B, C, D, E) Closure

Type of Work: Ramp closure
Area of Work: The Pico Avenue exit (Piers B, C, D, E) from the southbound I-710 Freeway. Follow detour signs along Harbor Scenic Drive to Harbor Plaza. Detour information available here.
When: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3 to 7 a.m. Sunday, May 4. *Please note that closure dates and times are subject to change.

Northbound and Southbound Pico Avenue Lane Closure

Type of Work: Lane closure
Area of Work: Traffic will be reduced to one lane on northbound and southbound Pico Avenue between 9th Street and Ocean Boulevard. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times.
When: Ongoing through Saturday, May 3.

Westbound Ocean Boulevard Lane Closure

Type of Work: Lane closure
Area of Work: Traffic traveling on westbound Ocean Boulevard from Downtown Long Beach will be reduced to one lane approaching the Gerald Desmond Bridge.
When: Beginning May 10, 2014 for approx. 30 months.

Beyond the Bridge:

For your convenience, we include traffic impacts from other construction projects in the area from the Port of Long Beach and Caltrans. While we do our best to provide complete information, area construction projects are subject to change.

Westbound Anaheim Street Ramp Closure

Type of Work: Ramp closure
Area of Work: All four I-710 Freeway on- and off-ramps onto westbound Anaheim Street will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to Pacific Coast Highway.
When: 6 p.m. Friday, May 2 through 6 a.m. Monday, May 5

Harbor Avenue and Anaheim Street Intersection Closure

Type of Work: Intersection closure
Area of Work: The northern half of the Harbor Avenue and Anaheim Street intersection will be closed.  East-west traffic through the intersection will remain open, but north-south traffic across Anaheim Street will be prohibited. North-south traffic crossing Anaheim Street will be detoured to Santa Fe Avenue.  
When: 6 p.m. Friday, May 2 through 6 a.m. Monday, May 5

Anaheim Street Lane Closure (POLB)

Type of Work: Lane closure
Area of Work: The project has shifted to the northern lanes of Anaheim Street. Traffic on Anaheim Street remains reduced to two lanes in each direction from the L.A. River to 9th Street. Limited access will be allowed via side streets. (Project information)
When: Ongoing
Use Santa Fe Avenue or East I Avenue to cross Anaheim Street

DISCLAIMER: These dates and times are subject to change due to unforeseen operational factors and inclement weather.

Bridge Project Open House

Join us for an informal, open house-style workshop about the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project at the Hotel Maya on Thursday, May 8. Drop in any time between 7 and 9:30 a.m. to have your questions answered by project team members, speak one-on-one with our project managers, and learn how you can stay connected. We will discuss the upcoming long-term closure of the southbound I-710 Freeway to westbound Ocean Boulevard connector scheduled on May 10, along with detour information, associated traffic impacts, construction updates and more.


LB Bridge App
Download the LB Bridge app to receive up-to-the-minute traffic conditions, view project photos, watch live streaming video of the bridge, read the latest news articles and listen to weekly traffic alerts. When installing the free app, allow "push notifications" to receive breaking news and information about road conditions on and near the Gerald Desmond Bridge. Download the app from the App Store, Google Play or the Windows Phone Store

Live Webcams
Watch live views of the Gerald Desmond Bridge from the website at Once construction really kicks in, you can watch from the safety of your computer or mobile device. There are several cameras installed that provide multiple views and perspectives, you can also view archived photos and time-lapse photography.

Speakers Bureau
If your organization or group would like to schedule a presentation about the GDBR Project, visit our speakers bureau page.

The Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project:

The Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project will provide three lanes in each direction to improve traffic flow, emergency lanes on both sides to reduce traffic delays and safety hazards, and 205 feet of vertical clearance to accommodate the world's largest, "greener" vessels.

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GINA DEPINTO, Community Liaison
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