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Shoemaker Bridge Replacement Project

Existing Shoemaker Bridge Photo

Latest Updates - November 2023

The City of Long Beach is hosting an in-person community meeting to provide a comprehensive overview of the project on Saturday, December 9, 2023 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Jenny Oropeza Community Center at Cesar Chavez Park (401 Golden Avenue). Notable project updates such as the proposed bridge design, project funding, and estimated construction timeline will be shared during the community meeting. Additionally, information about substantiative projects in the area like the Shoreline Drive Realignment and Long Beach Municipal Urban Stormwater Treatment (LB-MUST) projects will also be discussed.

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Shoemaker Bridge Mainspan Concept Image

Shoemaker Bridge Roundabout Concept Image

Project Information

The current Shoemaker Bridge was originally constructed in 1953 and is in need of updates to meet structural and geometric design standards. The City, in cooperation with Caltrans, will replace the Shoemaker Bridge (West Shoreline Drive) with a new bridge that upgrades its structural integrity, increase traffic safety and operations, enhance streetscape on major thoroughfares, address non-standard features and design deficiencies, and expand multi-model connectivity. The Shoemaker Bridge Replacement Project is located at the southern end of the Interstate (I-710) Freeway in the City of Long Beach and is bisected by the Los Angeles River. The Shoemaker Bridge Replacement Project is an Early Action Project of the I-710 Corridor Improvement Project.

The preferred alternative identified during the Project Approval/Environmental Document phase is to replace the existing Shoemaker Bridge over the Los Angeles River with a new bridge located just south of the existing bridge, and to remove the existing bridge.

The proposed Shoemaker Bridge design will be a four-lane, cable-stayed bridge carrying traffic from I-710 to a new elevated roundabout connecting Shoemaker Bridge to 7th Street and Shoreline Drive. The new Shoemaker Bridge will also have a protected shared-use path that connects Fashion Avenue in West Long Beach to a realigned Los Angeles River Maintenance Access Road/Class I Bike Path on the east bank of the Los Angeles River as well as Downtown Long Beach. Additionally, the new Shoemaker Bridge will also incorporate a pedestrian observation area in the middle of the bridge's south side.

The modern cable-stayed bridge will utilize stay cables, tiebacks, structural steel and post-tension concrete. The height of the symmetrical rings will stand approximately 240 feet above the average high-water level and will be approximately 765 feet wide from tip-to-tip of the rings. The cable-stayed bridge is being designed to withstand seismic activity, sea level rise and other climate change-related effects, such as severe weather and high winds. The reduction of bridge piers in the Los Angeles River from five to two will improve the hydraulic qualities of the river, creating more space for the free movement of aquatic and amphibious wildlife. The new bridge will utilize aesthetic lighting systems that provide for greater control of sky glow and light spillover, controlling light so it does not stray into the river or up into the sky. The lighting system will allow for adaptive management to be bird friendly.

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