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Who Will Design the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement?

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Existing bridge via Poitra; and replacement aka an early bridge concept
Yesterday, Long Beach Port authorities approved $200 million to cover maintenance costs for a new bridge to replace the 42-year-old Gerald Desmond Bridge, according to the Press-Telegram. The City Council approved the project, which councilman Robert Garcia is hoping will turn out to be a icon for the West Coast, in September. But at that point, a final design hasn't been picked yet. Today's Press-Telegram drops a bit more info about the design process. "The port is preparing to begin soliciting design-build firms in coming months, with an expected groundbreaking in 2011."
· Port to get $200M for bridge [Press-Telegram]

Gerald Desmond Bridge

Gerald Desmond Bridge, Long Beach, CA