Plans For $1B Long Beach Bridge To Be Unveiled Monday

LONG BEACH (AP) — Plans are being unveiled in Long Beach for a $1 billion bridge to replace a crumbling span near the Queen Mary.

The California Department of Transportation and the Port of Long Beach will show off the design plans on Monday.

The structure will replace the Gerald Desmond Bridge, which was built in 1968. City News Service says that bridge is so decayed that nets are slung under it to catch chunks of falling concrete.

The new design will be wider and higher to accommodate cargo vessels.

Construction is expected to begin next year, with completion in 2016.

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