Inside Seven
Current Issue: September 2014
article
Feature
The existing Schuyler Heim Bridge, built in 1946.

Schuyler Heim Bridge Replacement
by  Judy Gish
Issue Date: 11/2011

Sixty-five year old bridge will bow out to make room for a new bridge.

Usually this happens only in the private sector but now Caltrans too is replacing one of its most venerable workers with a younger model.

Located midway between the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the lift-span Schuyler Heim Bridge turned 65 this year, making it more than eligible for retirement in bridge years. The replacement bridge will be a fixed span structure that not only will conform to higher seismic standards but will also lead to improved roadway connections in the future. Additionally, replacing a deteriorating structure with a new one will also reduce maintenance costs.

Preliminary construction is expected to begin this fall on the $200 million project.

The bridge will be constructed in stages:

• Stage one involves construction of the northbound portion over Cerritos Channel, expected to take approximately six months;
• Stage two will shut down the southbound half of the existing bridge, shifting traffic to the existing northbound section;
• Stage three will shift traffic to the newly-completed northbound bridge, demolish the remainder of the existing bridge and construct the southbound portion;
• Stages four, five and six will consist of finishing work.

Traffic on the bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction for approximately a year and a half. Completion of the entire project is anticipated in early 2016.

During construction, periodic 55 hour closures of Ocean Boulevard may be required.

Motorists will be notified in advance of any impacts as the project develops. For further information and updates, please visit the Caltrans website: www.dot.ca.gov/dist07 or contact Public Affairs at (213) 897-3487. You may also email us at Judy.Gish@dot.ca,gov.