Gerald Desmond Bridge Site Tour
On August 18th, The Southern California Section held a private site tour of the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project at the Port of Long Beach. The Gerald Desmond Bridge is a vital part of the nation’s infrastructure, with nearly 15 percent of the nation’s waterborne cargo trucked across the bridge. The tour explained the project and helped to reinforce how iconic the project is for California. The project is one of California Department of Transportations (Caltrans) first to use the “design-build” delivery method to build the bridge faster and at a lower cost over traditional projects. Once completed the new bridge will become the second tallest cable-stayed bridge in the U.S. with the highest vertical clearance of any cable-stay bridge in the U.S. Tour attendees saw construction progress to date the expected progress upcoming. Topics also explored project funding, controls, and delays experienced on the project. The tour had 26 attendees which included a large number of college students, thanks to Pradeep Goolya.