New Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, California

Name of Project:

New Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, California



Country:
USA

Client:
Port of Long Beach (POLB) in collaboration with California Department of Transportation (CalTrans)

Total value:
€497 million, share €149 million

Start of works:
July 2012

Expected duration:
48 months

The new Gerald Desmond cable-stayed bridge, 610 m long with a main span of approximately 300 m and access viaducts approximately 2 km long, is a real strategic hub for city and port connections.

The project is particularly complex from a technical and organisational point of view because it involves maintaining the road traffic, railway and shipping transit from and for the port throughout the entire period that the works are being executed; there are also plans to move numerous subservices and solve serious issues such as a thermoelectric plant, numerous oil extraction wells and a railway line in operation.

The construction of the Gerald Desmond Bridge meets the needs of replacing the existing structure with a more modern one, which meets the earthquake standards and also aims to improve traffic flows. The bridge, on which construction began in 1960 and which, in the meantime, became the symbol of Long Beach, can no longer support the current volumes of traffic which are constantly increasing.

MAIN TECHNICAL DATA:
Excavations for foundations: 100,000 m3
Embankments: 210,000 m3
Concrete: 165,500 m3
Steel reinforcements: 28,600 tons
Structural steel: 7,650 tons
Steel cables: 540 tons
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Last update: 04/09/2018

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