Gerald Desmond Bridge

Gerald Desmond BridgeThe new bridge offers several improvements, including three lanes in each direction with wide shoulders for improved traffic flow. HNTB originally was hired by the Port of Long Beach to study and develop alternatives leading to the first vehicular cable-stayed bridge in California. It was envisioned as the first signature span bridge in the region and an iconic bridge for Long Beach. HNTB performed conceptual and preliminary design and owner’s engineer responsibilities for the new 2,000-foot-long cable-stayed bridge for the joint owners POLB and Caltrans. The new bridge has two single mast towers at the middle of the roadway, and at 165 feet, the bridge is one of the widest cable-stayed bridges in the world.