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Foundation work begins on new Port of Long Beach bridge

Foundation work begins for the new Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project in the Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The Gerald Desmond Bridge will be one of the tallest bridges of its kind in the United States. With two 515-foot towers and a cable-stayed design. It will help connect the seaports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, which together handle 40 percent of the nation's import trade. The new pilings are the first visible progress on the $1.3 billion bridge.
Foundation work begins for the new Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project in the Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The Gerald Desmond Bridge will be one of the tallest bridges of its kind in the United States. With two 515-foot towers and a cable-stayed design. It will help connect the seaports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, which together handle 40 percent of the nation's import trade. The new pilings are the first visible progress on the $1.3 billion bridge.
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Foundation work begins for the new Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project in the Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The Gerald Desmond Bridge will be one of the tallest bridges of its kind in the United States. With two 515-foot towers and a cable-stayed design. It will help connect the seaports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, which together handle 40 percent of the nation's import trade. The new pilings are the first visible progress on the $1.3 billion bridge.
Foundation work begins on 350 foundation piles constructed in the ground at depths down to 175 feet below the surface for the new Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project in the Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The Gerald Desmond Bridge will be one of the tallest bridges of its kind in the United States. With two 515-foot towers and a cable-stayed design. During the pile construction, crews maintain even pressure of holes to ensure there is no upward movement of groundwater from the deeper layers of multiple aquifers.
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Foundation work begins for the new Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project in the Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The Gerald Desmond Bridge will be one of the tallest bridges of its kind in the United States. With two 515-foot towers and a cable-stayed design. It will help connect the seaports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, which together handle 40 percent of the nation's import trade. The new pilings are the first visible progress on the $1.3 billion bridge.
A rendering of the bridge under construction to replace the Gerald Desmond Bridge.
Port of Long Beach


After extensive preparatory work, construction crews are pouring the foundation of a bridge that will replace an aging span at the Port of Long Beach.

The new Gerald Desmond Bridge will help connect the seaports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, which together handle 40 percent of the nation's import trade.

On Wednesday, port officials celebrated the pouring of concrete that will anchor the bridge in the ground, next to the existing span.

The new pilings will be the first visible progress on the $1.3 billion bridge.

Since a groundbreaking in 2013, construction crews have focused on site preparation, including the removal of old oil wells.

The project was supposed to be completed by 2016, but delays pushed the ribbon-cutting to as late as the middle of 2018.