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Caltrans seeks public feedback on proposed bridge, highway improvements along key intermodal corridor


The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will hold a public hearing Sept. 25 in Wilmington to review proposed alternatives for replacing the Schuyler Heim Bridge and improving the State Route 47 expressway along the Alameda Corridor.

Caltrans and the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) are jointly developing alternatives to build a more earthquake-resistant bridge and construct a four-lane elevated roadway to bypass three signalized highway intersections and five grade crossings.

The projects will improve intermodal traffic flow from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach — the largest port complex in the United States — and provide an alternative highway route to a near-dock rail yard in Wilmington, according to Caltrans and ACTA.

The alternatives include replacing the bridge and constructing a new expressway; replacing the bridge and constructing a flyover; constructing a new fixed-span bridge east of the existing structure and an expressway; replacing the bridge with a fixed-span structure and forgoing expressway improvements; and implementing a transportation management system in lieu of bridge and expressway improvements.