Port of Long Beach extends $1.5 billion Pier B rail design contract

Port of Long Beach extends $1.5 billion Pier B rail design contract

The Port of Long Beach has decided to extend HDR’s contract for the final design of the Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility until 2027.

This $1.567 billion project aims to reduce congestion and air pollution by streamlining the movement of goods via rail instead of trucks.

The project will also include major road realignments, utility relocation, and a new locomotive facility, according to HDR’s recent release.

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According to Tom Kim, HDR’s Project Manager for Pier B: “This project will reduce congestion and provide solutions for supply chain issues in the region.”

He also emphasized that working with small-business partners would assist the Port of Long Beach in organising and delivering the next phase of this modern, sustainable on-dock rail facility.

The new $102.3 million contract extension will involve HDR’s preparation of final design plans, specifications, and estimates, as well as program management support services.

These services include integrating advanced project controls, scheduling, and estimating.

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The project is also in line with the Port of Long Beach’s sustainability goals as it includes electrification capabilities for future locomotive charging in the long-term facility master plan and site improvements.

To ensure that small and local businesses are included in the project, HDR said it has partnered with 34 subconsultants, including small local businesses.

At the end of last month, the port and International Transportation Service (ITS) completed the $55 million Pier G Wharf Improvements Project.

ITS, a port tenant for more than 50 years, will now be able to welcome larger container ships and enhance efficiency at its terminal.

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