When Safety Really Counts



 

Want this guy’s job? This worker stands on a single steel beam about 30 feet off the ground, receiving a girder from a giant crane adjacent to Pico Avenue. In the video above, he and another worker on a man-lift place the girder, which will become part of the falsework that will be used to construct the future northbound 710 connector.
 
Besides having really good balance, this worker wears the proper personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes but is not limited to a harness, a lanyard and anchorage points with an accompanying weight-bearing tie-off. He uses hand signals to communicate with the crane operator as the beam is lowered into position. In just over 30 minutes, six girders were placed; that’s how safely and efficiently these workers and crane operator positioned a couple tons of steel.
 
And, if you think this work is challenging, try doing it at night. For the span of the connector directly to the east that goes over Pico Avenue, the beam receiving and placement occurred at night under lights to minimize traffic impacts on one of the busiest roadways in the port.

For more updates on the building of the bridge, visit our Bridge Project website at www.newgdbridge.com or follow us on social media.
 

Closures and Detours

EB Ocean Blvd at SR-47 Full Closure
Type of Closure: Full
Area Impacted: All eastbound lanes of Ocean Blvd. at SR-47

When: Weeknights only, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., through February 16
Detour Route: Exit eastbound Ocean Blvd. to SR-47, and get back on at Pier T Access Road.

WB Ocean Blvd at SR-47 Full Closure
Type of Closure: Full
Area Impacted: Westbound Ocean Blvd. at SR-47
When: Weeknights only, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., through February 16
Detour: Exit westbound Ocean Blvd. off-ramp to SR-47, and get back on at Pier S Ave.


EB and WB Ocean Blvd Lane Closure at SR-47
Type of Closure: Lane
Area Impacted: Eastbound and westbound Ocean Blvd. off-ramp to SR-47
When: Weeknights only, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., through February 16

SB Harbor Scenic Drive at Ocean Blvd Full Closure
Type of Closure: Full
Area Impacted: Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive at Ocean Blvd.
When: Weeknights only, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., through February 17
Detour: Southbound Pico Ave.


SB and NB Pico Ave Lane Closure at Broadway
Type of Closure: Lane
Area Impacted: Southbound and northbound Pico Ave. at Broadway
When: Overnight work, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., through February 16

EB Ocean Blvd Off-Ramp Lane Closure at Pico Ave
Type of Closure: Lane
Area Impacted: Eastbound Ocean Blvd. off-ramp at Pico Ave.
When: Overnight work, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., through February 16

EB Ocean Blvd Lane Closure at NB 710 Connector
Type of Closure: Lane
Area Impacted: Eastbound Ocean Blvd. at the northbound 710 connector. 
When: Overnight work, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., through February 17

Pier T Ave On-Ramp at WB Ocean Blvd Full Closure
Type of Closure: Full
Area Impacted: Pier T Ave. on-ramp to westbound Ocean Blvd.
When: Weekends only, 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., February 21 through February 23
Detour: Eastbound Ocean Blvd. to the Pico Ave. off-ramp, then take the westbound Ocean Blvd. on-ramp.


NB Harbor Scenic Drive at Ocean Blvd Full Closure
Type of Closure: Full
Area Impacted: Northbound Harbor Scenic Drive at Ocean Blvd.
When: Weekends only, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., February 12 through February 16
Detour: Northbound Pico Ave.


EB Ocean Blvd at SR-47 Flashing Red Intersection
Type of Closure: Intersection Flashing Red
Area Impacted: The intersection of eastbound Ocean Blvd. and SR-47
When: Daily, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., through February 19

Ongoing, Long-Term Closures

WB Ocean Blvd Long-Term Detour at Pico Ave
Type of Closure: Permanent Full Closure
Area Impacted: Westbound Ocean Blvd. from downtown Long Beach to the westbound Gerald Desmond Bridge

When: Through late 2018
Detour Route: Exit Ocean Blvd. at Pico Ave. and take the on-ramp from Pico Ave. to rejoin the westbound Gerald Desmond Bridge. Motorists should plan ahead to allow for extra time to detour.

EB Ocean Blvd Long-Term Detour
Type of Closure: Permanent Full Closure
Area Impacted: Eastbound Ocean Blvd. is closed at Pico Ave. All traffic is detoured to Pico Ave. or the northbound 710 Fwy. Downtown traffic will turn right at Pico Ave. and left at Pier E St. to rejoin eastbound Ocean Blvd. Approaching the detour, traffic heading to downtown Long Beach should stay to the right to exit at Pico Ave. Traffic headed to the northbound 710 should stay to the left.

When: Through 2018

SB 710 Freeway to WB Ocean Blvd Connector Closure
Type of Closure: Full
Area Impacted: The southbound 710 Freeway to westbound Ocean Blvd. connector is closed. The detour for traffic headed to Terminal Island and San Pedro is southbound Pico Ave. to westbound Ocean Blvd. Follow detour signs for "Terminal Island."

When: Through 2018

SB Harbor Scenic Drive Lane Closure
Type of Closure: Lane
Area Impacted: Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive has been reduced to one lane between the southbound 710 Fwy and Ocean Blvd. 

When: Through 2017

NB Pico Ave Lane Closure
Type of Closure: Lane
Area Impacted: A short stretch of northbound Pico Ave. is reduced to one lane between Ocean Blvd. and Broadway.

When: Through 2017

Beyond the Bridge:

For your convenience, we include traffic impacts from other construction projects in the area of the Port of Long Beach and Caltrans. While we do our best to provide complete information, area construction projects are subject to change. 

NB 710 Connector to EB SR-91 Full Closure
Type of Closure: Full
Area Impacted: The northbound 710 connector to eastbound SR-91

When: One weekend only, from 10 p.m. Friday, February 9 to 6 a.m. Monday, February 12

Harbor Scenic Drive Long-Term Lane Closure
Type of Closure: Lane
Area Impacted: Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive south of Harbor Plaza

When: Weeknights only, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., through December 2017

DISCLAIMER: These dates and times are subject to change due to unforeseen operational factors and inclement weather.

Safety First!
For your safety, and the safety of construction crews, please obey all traffic signs. Use caution and reduced speeds when driving through the project construction area and on detour routes. Traffic fines are doubled in work zones.


LB Bridge App
Download the LB Bridge app to receive up-to-the-minute traffic conditions, view project photos, watch live streaming video of the bridge, read the latest news articles and listen to weekly traffic alerts. When installing the free app, allow "push notifications" to receive breaking news and information about road conditions on and near the Gerald Desmond Bridge. Download the app from the App Store, Google Play or the Windows Phone Store


Live Webcams
Watch live views of the Gerald Desmond Bridge from the website at 
www.newgdbridge.com. Watch construction of the new bridge from the safety of your computer or mobile device. There are several cameras installed that provide multiple views and perspectives. You can also view archived photos and time-lapse photography.

Speakers Bureau
If your organization or group would like to schedule a presentation about the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project, please submit a request through the project website.

The Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project:

The Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project will provide three lanes in each direction to improve traffic flow, emergency lanes on both sides to reduce traffic delays and safety hazards, and 205 feet of vertical clearance to accommodate the world's largest, "greener" vessels.

Visit www.newgdbridge.com and like us on Facebook to learn more about project activities. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Flickr for project photos and real-time updates.






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