Easing traffic congestion by
providing an additional route for motorists to cross Alameda Street, officials
from the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) and the City of
Huntington Park on Monday dedicated the Zoe Avenue Bridge.
With the snip of a ribbon, officials commemorated completion of the project
during a brief ceremony on the new bridge. The Zoe Avenue span is one of two new
vehicle and pedestrian crossings at Alameda Street along the Corridor route. In
addition, ACTA is building 27 new bridges over the Mid-Corridor Trench at
existing Alameda Street crossings.
"This bridge adds an important new east-west crossing for motorists
that, together with the elimination of conflicts at street-level grade
crossings, will significantly reduce congestion in our city," Huntington
Park Mayor Jessica R. Maes said. "For us, these constitute critical
benefits of the Alameda Corridor project."
Added ACTA Chief Executive Officer James C. Hankla: "This bridge clearly
illustrates one of the primary benefits of the Alameda Corridor - less traffic
congestion - and demonstrates continued progress toward on-time, on-budget
completion of the entire project in April 2002."
ACTA, a partnership between the cities and ports of Long Beach and Los
Angeles, is building a 20-mile rail cargo expressway between the ports and the
transcontinental rail yards near downtown Los Angeles. The project will improve
the flow of goods through the ports and reduce traffic congestion by
consolidating rail lines and eliminating conflicts at more than 200 street-level
The Mid-Corridor Trench will be approximately 10 miles long, three stories
deep and 50 feet wide along Alameda Street between State Route 91 in Compton and
25th Street in Los Angeles. The Zoe Avenue Bridge, one of 29 spans
being built to carry street traffic over the trench, was built as part of the
$712 million contract for the Mid-Corridor Trench. It opened to traffic June 29.
The other bridges over the trench in Huntington Park are at Florence Avenue,
Gage Avenue, Randolph Street and Slauson Avenue. Florence was completed June 29.
The others are scheduled for completion late this year.
Construction of the entire $2.4 billion Alameda Corridor project began in
1997 and is on schedule for completion in April 2002. Work is under way at
multiple locations up and down the 20-mile route. Approximately two miles of the
trench have been excavated.