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New US$1bn bridge for Long Beach

New US$1bn bridge for Long Beach

The structure, which will have towers reaching over 150 metres (500 feet) above ground level, will replace the aging Gerald Desmond Bridge. More than 60 m (200 feet) above the water, the sleek cable-stayed suspension bridge will have a higher clearance to accommodate the new generation of cargo vessels and include additional traffic lanes.

The project is a joint effort of the California Department of Transportation and the Port of Long Beach, with funding also from the US Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The project is part of a US$4.5bn investment over the next 10 years to modernise infrastructure at the Port.