AECOM (legacy Shimmick) is part of the joint venture team leading the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project. The design-build project to replace the 50 year old bridge began in 2013 and is expected to be complete in late 2019. In addition to serving as General Contractor for this project, AECOM also self-performed the foundations work through Civil Construction’s specialty contractor, Legacy Foundations.

The Gerald Desmond Bridge is a major commuting route for the region and a major trade corridor, carrying 15-percent of all containerized cargo imported to the United States. The bridge connects Terminal Island – the heart of the port complex – with the Long Beach Freeway and downtown Long Beach.

The new bridge, rising more than 200 feet over the water, will include a separate bicycle and pedestrian path. It will be the first cable-stayed vehicular bridge in California. It will be high enough to accommodate the newest generation of cargo ships. In addition, the bridge will be wider, thus better equipped to handle high traffic volumes.

A pioneering feature of the project is the use of moveable scaffolding systems, a first in California. The work is expected to employ nearly 3,000 people a year.