Owner: Port of Long Beach
Contract value: $649,500,000
The Gerald Desmond span, which opened in 1968, is a major commuting route for the region, and a major trade corridor, carrying 15 percent of all containerized cargo imported to the United States. The Bridge connects Terminal Island, the heart of the port complex, with the Long Beach Freeway as well as downtown Long Beach.
The new Bridge, rising more than 200 feet over the water, will include a separate bicycle and pedestrian path.
Over the four years of construction and demolition, the work is expected to employ nearly 3,000 people a year.