Parsons Brinkerhoff advises on Long Beach bridge

By Sarah Ann McCay13 May 2012

Consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff has been selected by Californian authority the Port of Long Beach to provide programme management and construction management services for the US$ 950 million replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge.

Work on the new cable-stayed bridge will start in early 2013. The bridge, which is being built under a design-build contract, will feature two towers approximately 500 ft (150 m) high and will be 2,000 ft (610 m) long, with the main span approximately 1,000 ft (305 m). It will have a 200 ft (61 m) of vertical clearance for cargo ships.

The existing Gerald Desmond Bridge is no longer able to manage the traffic load that is carries today. Once the new bridge is completed, the existing structure will be demolished.

Parsons Brinckerhoff is responsible for programme management, construction management, utilities coordination, specialty materials testing, submittals management, surveying, community outreach, project controls and document control, cost estimating and scheduling, funding and grants support, and traffic engineering.

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