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Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« on: November 30, 2019, 04:22:18 AM »

Here's a video showing construction of the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach.  I can remember when they were building the Desmond Bridge back in '67-'68, using the ground level pontoon bridge to get to Terminal Island from downtown LB.  That was a big time for Long Beach, as the Queen Mary arrived in late '67.

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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2019, 10:46:58 PM »

^ When was that video shot? Looks like at least several months' more work before the new bridge opens to traffic.
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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2019, 03:07:00 AM »

^ When was that video shot? Looks like at least several months' more work before the new bridge opens to traffic.

November 17, 2019, just a couple of weeks ago.
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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2019, 07:51:13 PM »

^ When was that video shot? Looks like at least several months' more work before the new bridge opens to traffic.

That's what the GTA Stunt Jump is for.
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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2020, 09:55:49 PM »

The new bridge opens October 5th.

https://mailchi.mp/polb/gdbrp2019-218933
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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2020, 07:56:39 PM »

Thanks; I am looking forward to driving over the new bridge.  It will have a pedestrian walkway; that will be a good place to get pictures of the harbor area. 
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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2020, 11:01:13 PM »

I can finally update my 47-103 exhibit when that damn bridge is open. I miss the Heim, though. That was a cool bridge to watch in operation. I'm glad I got at least some video footage on it before it was demolished.
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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2020, 11:58:05 AM »

I can finally update my 47-103 exhibit when that damn bridge is open.

I always found the website for the new bridge amusing:

www.newgdbridge.com

I know it was short for Gerald Desmond, but I have to think whoever picked that domain understood the double meaning.
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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2020, 12:33:42 PM »

I always found the website for the new bridge amusing:

www.newgdbridge.com

I know it was short for Gerald Desmond, but I have to think whoever picked that domain understood the double meaning.

To say nothing of Michigan DOT, which constantly abbreviates "Grand" as "Gd".
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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2020, 12:12:00 PM »

I can finally update my 47-103 exhibit when that damn bridge is open.

I always found the website for the new bridge amusing:

www.newgdbridge.com

I know it was short for Gerald Desmond, but I have to think whoever picked that domain understood the double meaning.


When living in Davis many years ago I recall the Folsom Dam Road which, pre-9/11 was the road across the dam between Folsom and Orangevale (since relocated on a new bridge).  Because it was a key connector between the two communities and one of the few lower American River crossings it was a frequent flyer on Sacramento radio traffic reports.  It was typically referred to as the Dam Road but spoken as if it was the Damn Road which, with its propensity for getting jammed up, seemed apropos.
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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2020, 10:21:22 PM »


Here is a video of the "virtual grand opening" ceremony of the new Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach.
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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2020, 11:21:59 AM »

Drove over it and the now-open second carriageway for the new Cerritos Channel bridge yesterday.  Iíll post video soon.  The eight lane approaches and six lane bridge are fantastic.  There are still no direct ramps from the 710 and 47 to the Terminal Island Freeway, although there are paved lanes for a direct connection when one is built.

And the uncovered signage still has the 47 mysteriously exiting from itself as exit 5 onto Henry Ford Avenue.
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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2020, 11:31:09 PM »

Thanks for sharing that! Interesting that theyíre still using Pasadena as the control for I-710 north...

Question: when you approached the bridge from Ocean Blvd westbound, it seemed to narrow to one lane before merging with I-710 south. Does that seem to be the final setup? I think it used to be two or three lanes.
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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2020, 12:53:42 AM »

Thanks for sharing that! Interesting that theyíre still using Pasadena as the control for I-710 north...

Question: when you approached the bridge from Ocean Blvd westbound, it seemed to narrow to one lane before merging with I-710 south. Does that seem to be the final setup? I think it used to be two or three lanes.

Yes.  There are three lanes coming from the right; two from the 710 and one from the Pico on-ramp.
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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2020, 03:11:04 PM »

Don't you just hate it when you have the camera on and all it gets is semi-trailer buttocks?

Thanks for the preview. The Desmond replacement is very nice, but it's kind of disappointing to see how little progress has happened on the NB Heim replacement. Last I was there (a couple years back) it still looked like that. At least the SB carriageway has improved.
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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2020, 08:16:51 PM »

Here is opening day from the Gerald Desmond Bridge


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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2020, 07:05:39 PM »

I had a chance to drive over the bridge eastbound today...well done.

FYI this segment of highway is now included as part of I-710 on the Travel Mapping site.
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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« Reply #18 on: March 03, 2021, 02:05:52 AM »

Both directions of the Schuyler Heim replacement bridge are open.  Route 47 still exits off itself as exit 5.  Because there is no state mileage for route 47 after the exit, it makes you wonder why they donít renumber all of the existing route 47 as route 103 and take 47 off the books until they build the Henry Ford Ave viaduct.
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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« Reply #19 on: March 03, 2021, 02:17:06 AM »

So are they going to replace the Vincent Thomas Bridge anytime soon to expand it to three lanes as well?
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Re: Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach
« Reply #20 on: March 03, 2021, 12:51:12 PM »

So are they going to replace the Vincent Thomas Bridge anytime soon to expand it to three lanes as well?

They should at least increase its capacity, but I havenít seen any discussion of double-decking, a second span, etc.  In fact, they have steel plates welded over where some of the expansion joints have failed, rather than replacing the joints themselves.
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