Signs to Enhance Port Emergency Preparedness
New electronic billboards going up alongside southbound 710, 110 freeways
December 10, 2008
Two new electronic signs under construction alongside local freeways will be able to direct traffic away from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in the event of an emergency.
The two changeable message signs are located next to the southbound Long Beach (I-710) Freeway between Wardlow Road and Willow Street, and the southbound Harbor (SR-110) Freeway near Torrance Boulevard.
The California Department of Transportation will control the signs and utilize them for everyday messaging, but in the case of emergency, port officials will be able to place messages alerting truck drivers and other motorists of potential incidents in the ports.
The Port of Long Beach has taken the lead on construction of the signs, which are scheduled to be operational in January. The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will share the $772,522 cost of construction, with the assistance of Department of Homeland Security grants.
The two freeway signs will join a network of four existing “Port Incident Management Signs” on surface streets in the Long Beach and Los Angeles harbor area. The four street signs were constructed within the last two years. The cost of all six signs together, for design, construction and other costs is $4.95 million.