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ACTA schedules meeting to review bridge, expressway project on Alameda Corridor


The Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) will hold a public meeting Jan. 27 on the Schuyler Heim Bridge Replacement and SR-47 Expressway Project.

ACTA officials will discuss a health risk assessment conducted for the proposed project, which calls for replacing the Schuyler Heim Bridge — which doesn’t meet current earthquake standards — with a fixed-span bridge over Cerritos Channel. An additional rail bridge with one or two tracks is needed to meet projections that containerized cargo volumes will double in the next 10 to 15 years. The new lift bridge would be built to the west of the existing railroad lift bridge.

The project also includes the construction of a four-lane elevated expressway that will enable cars and trucks to travel from Terminal Island directly onto Alameda Street and bypass three stop lights and five grade crossings.

The project will help relieve traffic congestion on the Harbor and Long Beach freeways, and improve the transportation of goods from the nation’s largest port complex by providing an alternative route to a near-dock rail yard, ACTA said. The project is being developed through a joint partnership between ACTA and the California Department of Transportation.

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