Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement

To better meet today’s growing traffic volumes, the Port of Long Beach has begun a project to replace the Gerald Desmond Bridge. The project is a joint effort of Caltrans and the Port, with funding contributions from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).

The new bridge will be built with a cable-stayed design. With 200 feet of clearance over the water, the new bridge will be high enough to accommodate the newest generation of the most efficient cargo ships. And with three lanes in each direction plus safety lanes, it will be wider and better able to serve the 68,000 vehicle trips a day and about 18 million trips a year. 

The route is an important one. The Gerald Desmond Bridge has been designated as a National Highway System Intermodal Connector Route and part of the Federal Strategic Highway Network. It is a critical structure serving the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, the City of Long Beach, Los Angeles and Orange counties and the nation.

Construction of the new bridge and removal of the existing bridge is expected to take five years starting in early 2013. During construction, the current bridge will remain in use for drivers and will be taken down once the new bridge is completed and open. The bridge project will generate, on average, about 3,000 jobs for the five years of building the new bridge and taking down the existing structure. 


  • Three lanes in each direction for improved traffic flow
  • Emergency lanes on both sides to reduce traffic delays and safety hazards from accidents and vehicle breakdowns
  • A 200-foot vertical clearance to accommodate the world’s largest, “greener” vessels
  • A reduction in the bridge’s steep grades, for further improvements to traffic flow
  • A planned bike/pedestrian path with scenic overlooks
  • Additional improvements include reconstruction of the Terminal Island East Interchange and the I-710/Gerald Desmond Bridge Interchange 


Performance Utility Supply started delivering materials to the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project in August 2013. Some of the materials include:

  • Various sizes on SCH40 conduit, fittings, bends, segments
  • Various sizes on SCH80 conduit
  • EMT (Electrical Metallic Tubing) conduit
  • Fiberglass risers
  • Yellow poly rope, purple primer, glue, ground rods & clamps,  copper wire, expandable plugs, duct spacers
  • Custom made 20" Full Complement Bore Spacer with 4 ea. 5" & 1ea. 2" Sch40 PVC Conduits made of 3/4" HDPE




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Information Provided by the Port of Long Beach Fact Sheet

Air Treatment Facility at Mission Road and Jesse Street

In January, Performance Utility Supply began delivering materials to a Los Angeles based project for construction of a new sewer air treatment facility at Mission Road and Jesse Street.

Some fast facts about the project:

Los Angeles, CA

City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Sanitation

Construction Cost:

General Contractor Contract Price:

The above photo shows some of the current work being done on the facility. Image courtesy  Jacobs Associates .

The above photo shows some of the current work being done on the facility. Image courtesy Jacobs Associates.

The project involves the construction and operation of a sewer air treatment facility (ATF) near the intersection of Mission Road and Jesse Street, at 651 South Mission Road, as well as the vacation of two street segments immediately adjacent to the project site. Near the intersection of Mission Road and Jesse Street, wastewater drops approximately 23 feet from the shallower North Outfall Sewer (NOS) to the deeper ECIS.

The turbulence created by this drop releases foul air. The ATF is intended to treat this foul air resulting from the turbulent flow. The ATF would treat foul air emitted from the ECIS and would include two-stage treatment, with biotrickling filtration (BTF) vessels as the first stage and activated carbon absorption as the second stage. The BTF vessels would remove hydrogen sulfide and some odorous volatile organic compounds (VOCs), while the carbon units would remove the majority of the remaining VOCs and odors.

The project is to be constructed on approximately one-third of an acre and include three BTFs, four carbon units, one 25-foot tall exhaust stack, a fan building, a standby generator, a transformer, and a recirculation pit. These facilities would be located south of the existing Mission & Jesse drop structure located in the most northern area of the site.

Materials that Performance Utility Supply has begun delivering include ¾”, 1”, 1 ½”, 2”, 3”, 4” and 5” SCH40 & SCH80 conduit and fittings, various sizes of custom built sweeps, and low emission glue.

Jacobs Associates, an engineering company, is providing an on-site resident engineer to interface with the contractor and ensure that the project is completed on time and according to the specifications. The construction cost for this project is $16.5 million. This project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014.

For further project information, see the project descriptions for the city of Los Angeles’ wastewater improvement program, located at: