Long Beach International Gateway Bridge hailed for economic contribution

Long Beach International Gateway Bridge

The Long Beach International Gateway Bridge has received appraisal for contributing to the national economy as a vital link in the global supply chain.

Representatives from the American Council of Engineering Companies, the American Public Works Association and the American Society of Civil Engineers visited the Port of Long Beach as the first stop of a national “Engineering and Public Works Roadshow” recognising critical infrastructure projects that benefit the nation’s economy, jobs and environment.

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“The need to invest in port infrastructure has never been greater, and we appreciate being recognised for building a bridge that is both visually stunning and critically important to the global supply chain,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero.

“The Port of Long Beach is committed to building infrastructure to meet the challenges that lie ahead and maintain our status as a leading gateway for trans-Pacific trade.”

The bridge opened in October 2020 as part of the state highway system. 

The Long Beach International Gateway Bridge features two support towers reaching 515 feet into the sky and a multi-coloured LED lighting system.

The six-lane bridge was designed to last 100 years as a critical piece of infrastructure to sustain the port’s long-term growth.

“The Port of Long Beach continues to invest in infrastructure projects that are crucial to enhancing productivity, delivering greater efficiency and operating sustainably,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Sharon L. Weissman.

“We are honoured to receive this recognition and to showcase how infrastructure projects like the Long Beach International Gateway Bridge can lift the nation’s economy.”

The $1.5 billion bridge replaced the Gerald Desmond Bridge, which opened in 1968 and named after a former Long Beach City Attorney and City Councilman – who helped secure funding to build the through-arch span.

Demolition of the Gerald Desmond Bridge began in July and is expected to conclude by the end of 2023.

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