New Terminal Island Interchange Opens
Project Speeds Drive Between Long Beach and San Pedro
March 26, 2007
Driving between Long Beach and San Pedro has become a lot easier thanks to a $65 million Port of Long Beach project that eliminates two traffic signals on Ocean Boulevard across Terminal Island, allowing east-west traffic to move nonstop between the Gerald Desmond Bridge and Navy Way.
“This project will have significant, immediate benefits for the community by easing traffic flow through Terminal Island,” said Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke. “Commuters who drive between Long Beach and San Pedro will see a major traffic improvement.”
The Ocean Boulevard and Terminal Island (47) Freeway interchange project will also improve regional air quality by reducing vehicle idling at two former Terminal Island traffic signals – at Ocean and the Terminal Island Freeway, and Ocean and Pier S Avenue.
The centerpiece of the project is a new, raised Ocean Boulevard. Ocean Boulevard was raised nearly 20 feet so that east-west traffic can travel non-stop. Local access to Terminal Island facilities from Ocean Boulevard will be via on- and off-ramps.
This stretch of Ocean Boulevard is used by nearly 50,000 drivers a day. About 15 percent of all U.S. waterborne cargo containers move through this stretch of Ocean Boulevard.
The Ocean Boulevard project is expected to save motorists $22 million a year by reducing fuel consumptions (otherwise wasted by stopped and idling) by more than 9,300 gallons a day. The project will reduce traffic delays by 5,600 vehicle-hours per day. By eliminating the idling and delays, the project will reduce air pollution by 350 tons a year.
The project is one of the Green Port Policy initiatives to minimize the environmental impacts of Port operations.
The agencies involved in funding the project include the Port, the U.S. Department of Transportation, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). The prime contractor is Ortiz Enterprises. The construction manager is Jacobs Engineering.