Construction of first two bridge tower bases completed for Gerald Desmond bridge

Construction of the first two bridge towers of the new Gerald Desmond bridge marked a major milestone this week - - with the concrete pouring and completion of the bridge tower bases this past Wednesday. It was a large-scale event choreographed with a stream of concrete trucks, gigantic pumps and dozens of workers completing what is known as a "Pile Cap" with about 3,200 cubic yards of concrete poured in and around 2,240 square feet of rebar forms to create the bases for the first two 515-foot-tall towers for the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project at the Port of Long Beach.Todays big pour is a significant milestone in the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project and the result of months of planning, preparation and cooperation", says Duane Kenagy, Capital Programs Senior Executive Lead for the Port. This pile cap will enable us to begin constructing the first signature tower that will rise 515 feet and connect the cables to the road deck.Being the first of its kind in California the two towers on either side of the ports back channel will be visible for miles as the main features of the cable-stayed bridge. The new bridge will be one of the tallest of its kind in the United States and is scheduled to be completed in 2018. Once completed, the new bridge will include six traffic lanes and four emergency shoulders, a higher clearance to accommodate new generations of cargo ships, and the Mark Bixby Memorial Bicycle and Pedestrian Path with scenic overlooks.The replacement project will allow the Gerald Desmond Bridge to remain in use while the new bridge is under construction. The bridge project is a joint effort of Caltrans and the Port of Long Beach with funding support from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).To get updates or to view construction via Live Webcams visit: