Nossaman Congratulates City of Long Beach on New Bridge Opening
Nossaman would like to congratulate the City of Long Beach on officially opening its new iconic cable-stayed bridge to traffic. The six-lane, nearly 2-mile-long bridge is a vital part of the country's trade infrastructure, providing a seamless connection between the 710 Freeway and the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The new bridge—not yet officially named—replaces the prior Gerald Desmond Bridge built in 1968. The bridge’s 205-foot clearance (50 feet higher than the old bridge) enables modern container ships to access the Port of Long Beach’s inner harbor terminals.
The new bridge is a joint effort of the Port of Long Beach and Caltrans, with additional funding support from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).
“The Port of Long Beach has never been stronger and with this new bridge we will meet the demands for economic growth in the future,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia.
Nossaman advised on numerous aspects of this $1.47 billion project, including assisting with:
- Procurement and administration of a $649.5 million design-build contract with a Shimmick/FCC/Impregilo venture
- Issues relating to Port tenants affected by the project
- The Port’s agreements with the California Department of Transportation
- Numerous real estate transactions and the planned transfer of the facility to the State upon completion
The Nossaman team is looking forward to crossing the new bridge now that it’s open!