Current Projects

SR-47 Expressway - Phase 1

The Schuyler Heim Bridge Replacement and SR-47 Expressway project is divided into two segments. Phase 1 is the replacement of the seismically-deficient Schuyler Heim bridge with a new safer fixed-span bridge. The Project is being advanced through a joint partnership between Caltrans and the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA), pursuant to cooperative agreements with Caltrans. ACTA performed planning, design, property acquisition, utility relocation coordination, design support during construction, and environmental mitigation oversight.

SHOW MORE

Phase 2 provides an expressway connection between the north side of the Heim Bridge and Alameda Street at Pacific Coast Highway.

SHOW LESS

Benefits

  • Replaces the seismically-deficient Schuyler Heim moveable bridge with a new safer fixed bridge
  • Increased capacity, the new bridge has three traffic lanes and a shoulder in both directions
  • Improves truck traffic in and out of the Ports terminals and provides direct access to the UPRR’s ICTF Intermodal Yard

Status

The Schuyler Heim Bridge was opened for operation in September 2020 and is expected to be completed in May 2021.

Historical Note

The original Commodore Schuyler Heim Bridge was completed in 1948 and was a joint effort with a partnership of the United States Navy, Caltrans and the City of Long Beach. Surplus concrete and steel that was earmarked for the War effort was redirected to build the Heim Bridge. At the time, the Heim Bridge was the tallest vertical lift bridge in the western United States. The bridge was dedicated to Commodore Schuyler Heim, Commandant of the Naval Air Station on Terminal Island. He is credited for shepherding the funding and construction of the bridge before and after World War II.

SR-47 Phase 2 Rendering

SR-47 Expressway - Phase 2

Phase 2 of the SR-47 Expressway provides an expressway connection from the north side of the Heim Bridge to Alameda Street at Pacific Coast Highway, which will enable traffic to bypass signalized intersections as well as remove five at-grade rail crossings. The Project also is also intended to divert traffic and reduce congestion on the I-710 and I-110 Freeways.

Benefits

  • Creates an elevated expressway from the SR47 Expressway, connector from Terminal Island in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to the Alameda Corridor and other major highways
  • Enhanced mobility on local freeways
  • Diverts trucks from local arterials, commercial and residential areas
  • Facilitates future improvements to the Long Beach I-710 Freeway
  • Eliminates conflicts at 5 at-grade rail crossings and 3 signalized traffic intersections

Status

Phase 2 of the SR-47 Expressway has been postponed indefinitely pending further evaluation of demand, benefits, costs and funding.

Dolores Yard Connecting Track

Dolores Yard Connecting Track

The Dolores Yard Connecting Track replaces an existing connection from the south end of UPRR Dolores Yard to the ACTA mainlines near Watson Crossing (adjacent to Lomita Boulevard). Eighty percent of all Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) trains must be switched at Dolores Yard to serve on-dock rail facilities at the Ports. Trains traveling between the Ports and Dolores Yard currently cannot directly access the ACTA mainlines. Instead, the trains take a burdensome route from Dolores along the former SP San Pedro Branch (running along the west side of Alameda Street) crossing the ACTA mainlines over diamonds, then turning east across Alameda Street at-grade, crossing the ACTA mainlines again over diamonds and finally joining the ACTA mainlines on the Long Beach Lead.

SHOW MORE

The diamond crossings at ACTA mainlines causes interference between Dolores trains and mainline trains; the Alameda Street at-grade crossing causes interference between Dolores trains and vehicle traffic, and Alameda Street is an important truck route that services the Ports.

The proposed Project will significantly improve the connection from Dolores Yard to the Ports with a direct connection from the south end of Dolores Yard to ACTA mainlines, which will prevent train delays that currently affect the ACTA mainlines and Dolores Yard operations. The project will also reduce vehicle delays and improve safety by preventing these trains from crossing Alameda Street at-grade.

SHOW LESS

Benefits

  • Provide a more efficient way of moving trains into and out of UPRR’s Dolores Yard.
  • Reduce congestion on the ACTA mainline tracks.
  • Improve safety and vehicle delays with removal of at-grade crossing of Alameda Street.

Status

This Project is currently in the design, engineering and permit phase with construction anticipated to be accomplished in 2021.

Cerritos Channel RR Badger Bridge

Cerritos Channel Rail Bridge Expansion

The San Pedro Bay Rail Study indicates the need for modifications to the existing rail bridge crossing the Cerritos Channel, which is known as Badger Bridge. The proposed modifications include reducing bridge lifts and adding tracks to provide enough capacity to meet demand. In addition to improving throughput capacity, the existing bridge requires seismic retrofitting if it remains in its current configuration.

SHOW MORE

Reducing bridge lifts can be accomplished by keeping the bridge in down position except for emergencies, locking the bridge down or replacing the bridge with a causeway. This project is currently envisioned as a new moveable rail bridge to add track capacity to and from Terminal Island, as well as the seismic retrofitting of the existing Badger Rail Bridge. A preliminary seismic analysis was completed for the existing bridge.

SHOW LESS

Benefits

  • Meet demand for rail capacity to/from Terminal Island rail yards.
  • Reduce locomotive idling and emissions caused by bridge bottleneck delays.
  • Reduce truck traffic on local and regional highways by handling more cargo on rail.

Status

The Cerritos Channel Rail Bridge Expansion has been deferred indefinitely pending agreements with US Coast Guard, and further evaluation of demand, benefits, costs and funding.

Historical Note

The rail bridge across Cerritos Channel has a long history. A bascule bridge was built in 1924 to accommodate vehicle and rail traffic to Terminal Island. The bridge was adjacent to the Henry Ford Long Beach Plant that arrived in the 1930’s. The Port of Los Angeles replaced the two-track bascule bridge (one for freight) with a two-track vertical lift bridge in 1996.

Pier B Railyard Aerial

Pier B Rail Yard

The Pier B Rail Yard Project is a major project under development by the Port of Long Beach in coordination with ACTA. The project provides essential support to on-dock rail operations and aims to meet the environmental goals outlined in the 2017, ‘San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan’ and the San Pedro Bay Rail Study and Updates.

Support rail yards strive to have length-of-train arrival/departure tracks to chamber trains coming off of and waiting to leave on the Alameda Corridor, as well as storage tracks to hold shorter portions of trains (blocks or cuts of railcars).  There are a number of reasons that Pier B Rail Yard is vital to on-dock operations:

Benefits

  • Moving more cargo by on-dock rail minimizes the number of trucks on the road easing traffic and curtailing emissions.
  • Arriving trains made up of blocks for multiple on-dock yards can be classified at the support yard for distribution to the individual on-docks.
  • Stored blocks of outbound railcars from various terminals can be combined into a destination specific train (block swapping).
  • Holding bare tables (empty rail cars) at the storage tracks allows management of the individual bare table inventories of each Class I railroad.
  • A locomotive service facility at Pier B would be an efficient location to provide the requisite fueling and crew change capability.

Status

  • In the design phase with on-going property acquisition and utility coordination efforts.
  • An early start phase of construction is anticipated to begin in 2021.