The long-term detour of westbound Ocean Boulevard at Pico Avenue will start at 5 a.m., Tuesday, March 21, diverting traffic heading west to the Gerald Desmond Bridge from downtown Long Beach. The detour diverts vehicles off at Pico, and straight back onto the westbound bridge.
The westbound Ocean detour – with new traffic signals and a realigned on-ramp – is needed for construction of the replacement bridge, and will be in place until the westbound lanes of the new bridge open, which is scheduled in 2018.
Upon completion, the new bridge will span 1.5 miles, with three lanes in each direction. With towers reaching 500 feet, the Gerald Desmond Bridge will become one of the nation’s tallest cable-stayed bridges.
For more information, including updates, on the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement project, visit www.newgdbridge.com.