Erecting two overpasses on Alameda Street in Carson and widening the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach are among projects being considered by transportation officials as part of a $74-million highway improvement program in the harbor area.
The program, authorized by federal legislation last month, is the second part of a two-phase, $132-million improvement plan for the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors. Transportation officials said the projects are meant to alleviate traffic problems--particularly those caused by trucks and trains using the ports.
The plan is designed to facilitate expansion of the two ports and accommodate growth in Pacific Rim trade during the next several decades. Studies cited by the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, which is administering the plan, estimate that the two ports would lose $46 billion in commercial business between the years 2000 and 2020 without the improvements.
Congress approved $58 million in 1982 for the first phase of improvements, including the resurfacing and re-striping of Anaheim Street between Harbor Scenic Drive in Long Beach and the eastern boundary of Wilmington, and the planned widening of Alameda Street between Lomita Boulevard and the San Diego Freeway.