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.

(© Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments (18)
  1. Louis Champagne says:

    A billion dollars…REALLY…..
    I know construction costs and have reviewed bridges built elsewhere recently for much less. Can anyone explain why a bridge as short as this one would cost a BILLION DOLLARS? In this economy that is just insane. With a little competition between companies I am sure the city of Long Beach could get a better deal.

  2. Jim Smith says:

    This dosen’t pass the smell test. This must be Act II of the Jerry Brown/Adrianna Gianturco (of CalTrans fame) show.

  3. Kyle Ford says:

    “What? You mean there is more than one company that builds bridges? How much money do they kick back to city and state officials? This is startling news indeed.” – The City of Long Beach and the State of California

  4. Carol512 says:

    When is that second bridge that’s been talked about going to be constructed in the Port of Los Angeles. I read earlier this year that the four lane Vincent Thomas Bridge is obselete being that it can’t handle the increased traffic that reflects the increase in port activity.

  5. Philip says:

    Wow, it’s nice to see that there are so many civil engineers leaving comments on this article! Thanks for your professional opinions on the costs of building infrastructure. Maybe you guys can pool whatever you have in your wallets to pay for the bridge instead since you’re so much in the know.

    You think these things are cheap? Maybe all you people who criticize the amount of money it costs to build large public works pieces do some basic research to fully understand what goes into them and much they cost. Then next time you won’t sound like the mindess drones you probably are.

  6. A Lara says:

    Hey all you government haters-the CIty is not in charge of this. The lack of understanding that comes from those who whine about anything the govt does is always entertaining. “Loius Champagne” shows off his lack of basic understaning in his comments. The funny part is that the haters are PROUD of their lack of knowledge, kinda like Sarah Palin!
    We need this bridge so STOP CRYING, ya babies!!

  7. Kyle Anderson says:

    Simply outrageous…a Billion Dollars for a bridge to nowhere.

  8. Bill says:

    I lived in Long Beach when they built the General Desmond Bridge. It received an award for it’s design that year. LOL So it only lasted 42 years. Maybe they should have used the design for the 73 year old Golden Gate Bridge. Would have saved some money in the long run.

  9. K from LA says:

    Millau Viaduct 8,071 ft in length, 1,125 feet in height. Cost €400 million ($536M in year 2004) That’s $66410.61 per foot of length.

    Oresund Bridge 25,738 ft in length, half is a tunnel. Cost $30B DKK ($3.6B in year 2000) That’s $139 87 per foot of length.

    Both of these bridges are much more complex, larger, and arguably more expensive to build than the proposed bridge in this article, which is 400 feet in length and at a cost of $1B is $2.5M per ft of length.

    That’s worth questioning.

  10. K from LA says:

    Oresund Bridge 25,738 ft in length, half is a tunnel. Cost $30B DKK ($3.6B in year 2000) That’s $139,871 per foot of length.

    Sorry for the typo.

  11. K from LA says:

    I missed most of the bridge in my calculation above – 5,134 feet = $194,779.89 / ft. so it’s not as rediculously expensive as I thought. Whoops, that’s embarassing.

  12. Joseph D. Phillips says:

    The cost does seem excessive. The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan was $6 billion and 12,800 ft. long or about $468,750 per foot of length, or about 20 percent of the cost per foot of this new one in Long Beach. Even adjusted for inflation, the new bridge seems very costly.

  13. kjb says:

    Both the Vincent Thomas and the General Desmond bridges are cool bridges. As far as the cost goes, you must add in all the monies paid for union labor.

  14. curt says:

    I think the bridge just finished near the hoover damn in nevada much much cheaper

  15. vallan smith says:

    This bridge would mean a lot to the American workers who most likely will only be a skattered few if any at all. Most project you only see Mexican’s working when it comes to construction trades these days. I dont blaim them for anything more power to each an every man who finds a way in this life time. The problem is the disproportion in hiring that caused the need for afermative action back in the day, witch was often a nightmare experance for those minority companies who got the contracts an individuals who sought an received employment with those statutes in place. Remember the over all argument ” the most qualified should get the job ” that was not all but most white americans stand on that issue. Now we can all see how unfair hireing practice affectes us all. We shouldn’t have to write our local state officials about unfair hiring practice of these contractors they drive up an down the same city street an highways we do. They witness this for themselves yet when aproval time comes fair practice only means hiring local workers. We the people are represented by unconscious cowerds on all levels. I’m sure this project will be the same.

  16. vallan smith says:

    When I said American I stand for all people, so feel free to edit

Leave a Reply