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New Bridges in STL and LBC

Recently, KPCC ran a story on the replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge which connects downtown to the Port of Long Beach and Terminal Island. According to the story, the bridge’s replacement will carry an additional lane of traffic, and will most likely be built alongside the current bridge, making traffic adjustments much cleaner.

As it stands, the current structure is worn and crumbling, carrying a great deal of national imported goods from the port up the 710 Freeway.

I use this bridge a few times every week to get to work and from simple observation it looks ready to be replaced. KPCC reported that an estimated 4,000 jobs will be created for the construction of this bridge alone over the next five years.


Similarly, construction on St. Louis’s new cable-stayed Mississippi River Bridge (NMRB) has already begun. Currently, the Poplar Street Bridge (PSB) carries three interstate highways, while the Martin Luther King and Eads Bridges carry urban traffic. This new bridge will reroute I-70 to Illinois North of downtown St. Louis, while the PSB will continue to carry traffic for I-55 and I-64. The new bridge will not replace any of the existing bridges that connect St. Louis to Illinois, but is being built to alleviate the growing traffic problem.

Now that I’ve been commuting in LA County, it’s easy to see why it is important to stay ahead of the anticipated traffic flow. The question must be asked however, whether the projected job creation will be worth the projected cost.

As someone who loves urban architecture, the NMRB looks like it will be a gorgeous addition to the St. Louis metro landscape. The choice to build a cable-stayed bridge sets it apart aesthetically from much of the region, and may bring national notoriety. I’m excited to see what the new bridge in Long Beach will look like. If you drive past the current GD Bridge along the 47, across Terminal Island, you will come to the iconic Vincent Thomas Bridge, my favorite part of my commute.


Sources: New Mississippi River Bridge Project, KPCC

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