Upcoming Gerald Desmond Bridge Closures

Attention Members:

Update from Port of Long Beach regarding Gerald Desmond Bridge closures.


Weekend Closure for Eastbound Gerald Desmond Bridge

One direction of Long Beach span shut Friday night to Monday morning

June 14, 2017  

The eastbound direction of the Gerald Desmond Bridge will close for a full weekend, Friday night, June 16, to Monday morning, June 19, to make way for construction of the replacement span in the Port of Long Beach.

On the following weekend, June 23-26, the bridge will be closed in the westbound direction.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area entirely during the weekend-long closures. Detours will be in place, but motorists who do not need to access certain piers in the Port of Long Beach should use alternate routes: Anaheim Street, Pacific Coast Highway or the 405 Freeway. This weekend’s closure gets underway at 9 p.m., Friday, June 16, and is scheduled to conclude by 5 a.m., Monday, June 19. The closure is at the Pier T on-ramp. Motorists will be detoured to exit at Pier S/State Route 47 and take SR-47 north to eastbound Anaheim Street, which connects to the 710 Freeway. Motorists going eastbound from San Pedro, the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the rest of the South Bay area toward downtown Long Beach are advised to avoid the bridge, and take alternate routes. Vehicles on Pier T in the Port of Long Beach will not have full access to the Pier T loop on-ramp to the eastbound bridge, and should plan to detour to SR-47. Stay on top of detours by visiting www.newgdbridge.com. Get up-to-the-minute information via the “LB Bridge” app available for Apple, Android and Windows mobile devices. Follow the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  

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2017 ILWU Walk the Coast Committee Fundraisers to Fight Childhood Cancer

This year, ILWU Walk the Coast Committee Los Angeles is holding its 6th Annual Fundraiser for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in the fight against childhood cancer.  All members, family members, and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend and/or donate to this good cause.

Saturday, July 22, 2017 – 6th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament

ILWU Walk the Coast in Los Angeles will conduct its 6th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament on Saturday, July 22, 2017, starting at 6:00 p.m, at the Gardens Casino, 11871 East Carson Street, Hawaiian Gardens, CA 90716.  The event usually concludes around midnight for those who make it to the “final table”.  All are welcome to play or come watch and support the players.  Additionally, there will be raffle prizes and 50/50, along with happy hour prices all night.  To pre-register and select your shirt size, contact Local 13 Dispatcher Gabe Padron at (310) 508-6224.

Saturday, August 12, 2017 – “Alex’s Coast Run” and Fun in the Park

ILWU Walk the Coast in Los Angeles will host a family-friendly community event on Saturday, August 12th at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.  Bring the family for the spectacular ocean-view Alex’s Coast Run 5K, or 1-mile family walk and a 1K Kids’ Run.  The awards program, from 10:00 until noon, will feature speakers, live music, kids’ games, food trucks, and more.  At this time, it is anticipated that the run will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and the Fun in the Park program will conclude at 12 noon.

The 5k race and 1 mile family walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Mom and Dad can race and then enjoy, in full view of the Point Fermin Lighthouse, the 9:30 AM 1K Kids run.

To donate to the fight against childhood cancer, please go to www.ILWUWalktheCoast.org and click on “Los Angeles Event” and orange “Donate” button.  The team is ILWU Walk the Coast.  You will also find more information about the events.   Thank you.



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