On September 24, Long Beach officials announced that the new state-of-the-art Gerald Desmond Replacement Bridge in the Port of Long Beach is nearing completion and on course to open to traffic on Monday, Oct. 5.

Opening of the new bridge will require an Oct. 2-4 weekend traffic closure in the vicinity in order to switch over lanes to connect both ends of the nearly 2-mile-long structure to existing roadways that reach the 710 Freeway, downtown Long Beach and Terminal Island. Barring any unforeseen construction-related complications, motorists should be able to access the new bridge by the morning of Oct. 5. Final details for motorists will be announced soon, and the public is encouraged to monitor the project’s website for the latest details at www.newgdbridge.com.