More Competitive Port, Promise of Critical infrastructure Projects

The Port of Long Beach is betting billions of dollars on its future. This is a bet it has to make to compete globally. Long Beach’s Board of Harbor Commissioners is expected Monday to formally approve a $1.2 billion budget for the massive Middle Harbor terminal expansion project.
It is just a formality because construction began in spring 2011. But it’s an important reminder that this project will allow the port to process significantly more cargo from international destinations — 3.2 million cargo containers annually, double the current capacity.

That will be followed one day later by an equally important event – the groundbreaking for the $1 billion replacement for the crumbling Gerald Desmond Bridge.

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