Public input sought on major Los Angeles area bridge closure

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Caltrans is asking the public for their input on how to close the Vincent Thomas Bridge connecting Long Beach and San Pedro so they can begin some much-needed repairs.

The department is preparing for a project that will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, take years to complete and require partial, if not full, closures of the bridge.

The 60-year-old bridge is structurally sound but the decking is deteriorating rapidly due to heavy use from semi-trucks and its location to the ocean, which brings in damp, cool air.

An aerial view of the The Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Caltrans is considering a few options to complete the project, including a full shutdown of the bridge which will take between 16 and 41 months, a partial closure which would require more time to complete, and a night-time partial closure which would take the most time.

Residents have previously expressed concerns about the project.

“We already have really big problems regarding the big truck traffic,” said resident Elsa Silva.

Sal Dicostranzo emphasized the point by mentioning his concerns that construction and detours will only make matters worse bringing more trucks and traffic to city streets.

Caltrans is hosting an in-person feedback meeting between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday at the Wilmington Recreation Center in Wilmington.

A second meeting will be held on June 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Peck Park Community Center in San Pedro.

Comments can also be sent by email to caltransvtb@virtualeventroom.net by July 15 with the subject line: VTB Deck Replacement Project.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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