Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Commodore Schuyler Heim Lift Bridge (SR-47) Era Coming to an End: LA County's Last Vehicle Lift Bridge

On-ramp to northbound Heim Bridge. 6/3/2015
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close access to northbound lanes of the Commodore Schuyler Heim Lift Bridge (SR-47) on Wednesday, June 3 at 7 p.m.  All access to the lift bridge will cease by Friday, June 5 at 7 p.m.

Opened in 1948, the SR-47 lift-span bridge will be replaced by a fixed span structure that will conform to higher seismic standards to enhance safety, benefit the local, state and national economy, and international trade.   Additionally, replacing a deteriorating structure with a new one will also reduce maintenance costs and lead to improved roadway connections.

View of old and new Heim Bridge from the Cerritos Channel
As part of this bridge replacement project the following ramps and lanes will be closed:
View of new bridge, Heim, and Badger Ave. bridge.

Temporary Closure
Northbound SR-47 closure starts at 7:00 p.m. on June 3, 2015.  All access to north- and southbound lanes of SR-47 will be closed from Friday, June 5 at 7 p.m. to Monday, June 8 at 5 a.m.  Preparations will be made to shift north- and southbound traffic onto the newly constructed northbound lanes of the new fixed span (concrete) bridge.  Detour:  A signed detour will be in place. 

Long-term Closure
The southbound SR-47 New Dock off-ramp will be closed from June 5, 2015 to mid-2017 so that the existing steel bridge can be demolished to make way for the construction of the new southbound lanes.  Detour:  Exit at Ocean Boulevard, right to Pier S, then right to New Dock Street. 

LA and Long Beach port traffic will benefit from new bridge.
The new bridge will provide a permanent navigable channel that is 180-feet wide with a vertical clearance of 47-feet to allow for the passage of ships.  With the elimination of the lift, traffic will no longer be delayed due to passing ships. 

This $180 million State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) funded project was awarded to MCM Construction Inc. of Bloomington, California.  The project is expected to finish in mid-2017.

Caltrans reminds motorists to Be Work Zone Alert.