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. 

PROJECT BENEFITS: 

  • 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 ON THE JOB

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

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT

WEBSITE: www.newgdbridge.com 

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/newgdbridge 

TWITTER: @newgdbridge 

YOUTUBE: LBBridgeProject 

 

All Photos courtesy of the Port of Long Beach
Information Provided by the Port of Long Beach Fact Sheet

The Source at Buena Park

In November 2013, Performance Utility Supply began delivering materials to The Source, a new retail destination in Southern California. The Source will be the premiere destination for the aspiring Buena Park community, also known as the “Center of the Southland,” and its surrounding areas. It is a welcomed addition to Buena Park, which lacks major retail centers.  The area is densely populated; 7.5 million residents live within a 20-mile radius. Positioned in Orange County, it will be an exciting haven for locals and out-of-town shoppers to indulge in a unique fusion of world-class shopping, dining and entertainment.

With its distinct, modern design, retail-lined streetscapes, dining patios, water features and well-manicured rooftop gardens, The Source will entice and captivate each guest as they journey through this exciting, aesthetically inspiring, dining and retail rich shopping mecca. To further enhance The Source as a highly desired and frequented destination, a health club, entertainment and nightlife concepts will be a part of the diverse experiential mix.

  • Approximately 400,000-square-foot multi-experiential retail destination
  • Dynamic and modern urban design
  • A curated selection of shopping, dining, and entertainment choices, featuring international, national, and boutique brands
  • Convenient, state-of-the-art above-grade parking structures with valet options
  • Energetic streetscapes and lively patio seating areas
  • Lush landscaping, garden walkways, water features, and more unique points of interest
  • Full integration of the latest in digital media technology
  • Special events, live entertainment, and ongoing event programming in the plazas
  • Additional office, residential, and hotel components

Since November 2013, Performance Utility Supply has provided:

  • Various sizes on SCH40 conduit, fittings, bends, segments
  • EMT (Electrical Metallic Tubing) conduit
  • Ty-Wire, glue, ground rods, copper wire, plugs, marking paint

Performance Utility supply takes pride in providing quality materials to The Source, breaking new ground in Buena Park, and helping the growth of its economy.   

All images COPYRIGHT 2011 - 2014 © THE SOURCE. Information gathered from The Source Press Package: http://sourceatbeach.com/press.temp.shtml

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Performance Utility Supply is currently supplying material to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme park that will be located at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Besides a boost in tourism to the park, it will also generate jobs. Lots and lots of jobs. In the official news release from NBC Universal, their "Evolution Plan" for the 391-acre lot should stimulate $2 billion of economic activity in the region and create upwards of 30,000 jobs.

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  NBCUniversal Evolution Plan No Residential Alternative is a blueprint for the 391-acre Universal City property. Image Copyright 2013 - NBCUniversal

NBCUniversal Evolution Plan No Residential Alternative is a blueprint for the 391-acre Universal City property. Image Copyright 2013 - NBCUniversal

"After nearly a decade of work on the Evolution Plan, today’s vote sets the stage for our next 100 years in Los Angeles,” said Ron Meyer, president and COO of Universal Studios. “We are thankful for the support and leadership we have received from both the County and City of Los Angeles and are ready to get started investing in these important tourism and production projects in the next few months."

Concurrently, Orlando's “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will get an expansion. Since the Harry Potter attraction opened in, company executives have said attendance has jumped by about 50 percent, but did not give raw figures.

"It was a game changer for us and frankly for Orlando," said Meyer. "The expansion in Orlando will make it that much more of a must-see, and we'll have the same experience here."

At Universal Orlando, one of Diagon Alley’s shops is Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes - a vibrant shop featuring novelty items, magical jokes, and toys inspired by the books and films that will amaze the mischievous child in everyone.   
  
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   © 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

At Universal Orlando, one of Diagon Alley’s shops is Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes - a vibrant shop featuring novelty items, magical jokes, and toys inspired by the books and films that will amaze the mischievous child in everyone. © 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

Executives did not immediately detail their plans for the Hollywood park, but Meyer said there was enough room to expand. Unfortunately, that meant saying bye-bye to music and hello to Hogwarts. The Gibson Amphitheatre (Universal Amphitheater to us old-timers) closed last September to make room for the new park.  

The similar attraction in Orlando took four and a half years to complete, and the Universal Studios project will probably take the same amount of time, suggesting a late 2016 opening.

So far, Performance Utility Supply has supplied the Universal Studios project with the following materials:

  • Various sizes of GRC conduit, sweeps, segments, fitting and custom made nipples
  • Various sizes of PVC conduit, sweeps, segments, and fitting
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Copper wire