As an industry leader in goods movement and environmental sustainability, the Port of Long Beach has commenced a decade-long, $4.5 billion capital improvement program to modernize the Port by building cleaner, more efficient terminals, roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
The Port's capital improvements include redevelopment of existing terminals, building of new wharfs, improvement of the railroad system and replacement of the bridge that serves both as a major commuter route and a conduit for cargo trucks. The Port is modernizing to reduce its environmental impact and to continue to attract trade that supports more than 30,000 jobs in Long Beach and 300,000 jobs throughout Southern California.
Major projects include:
Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement: A $1.3 billion project to build a new bridge to span the Port's Back Channel. The new bridge will be higher to allow additional clearance for larger, more efficient cargo ships, and will also be wider, to ease the flow of cars and trucks that use the bridge.
Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project: A modernization to combine two shipping terminals into one state-of-the-art container terminal. The program is adding on-dock rail capacity, shore power hookups and a new longer wharf to move twice the cargo with half the air pollution. The first phase of the $1.3 billion project opened in March 2016. The complete project will be done in 2019.
Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility: The Port of Long Beach is proposing to reconfigure, expand and enhance the existing Pier B rail facility located along Anaheim Street and the 710 Freeway to support more efficient use of “on-dock” rail at the Port’s shipping terminals. On-dock rail is an essential component of the Port's Green Port Policy and Clean Air Action Plan that will ease roadway traffic congestion and improve air quality.
Pier G modernization: A multi-year renovation of the ITS container terminal. The Port has added a new terminal Administration and Operations Complex, new Maintenance and Repair Facility and a new West Arrivals Building -- all of which have earned a "gold" rating from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program of the U.S. Green Building Council. A new on-dock rail yard has also been completed, nearly doubling the terminal's capacity for on-dock rail. More than $470 million in improvements have been completed and still on the way are additional shore power facilities and container yard space.
Anaheim Street Improvement: The Port, in partnership with the Long Beach Public Works Department, has repaved Anaheim Street in West Long Beach from the Los Angeles River to 9th Street to provide a smoother, safer driving surface for motorists. The project includes improvements for sidewalks, bus stops, access for the disabled and landscaping.
Green Port Gateway: The Green Port Gateway project, completed in September 2015, includes the realignment of railroad tracks and roadway near Ocean Boulevard and adding a Pier F Rail Support Yard to serve the future Middle Harbor terminal.
I-710 Corridor Project: The Long Beach Freeway (I-710) is a vital transportation artery, linking the Port of Long Beach to the rest of Southern California and beyond. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is heading a regional effort to study the potential environmental impacts of improvement projects on the corridor. The Port of Long Beach is one of several agencies funding the study.