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DRAFT EIS/EIR RELEASE:  Schuyler Heim Bridge Replacement and SR-47 Expressway Project

Link to ACTA website: http://www.acta.org
Link to Caltrans website :  http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist07/resources/envdocs/

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) have prepared a joint Draft Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the Schuyler Heim Bridge Replacement and SR-47 Expressway Project in the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.  A Pubic Hearing will be held to discuss the project on September 25, 2007 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p./m. at the Banning’s Landing Community Center, located at 100 East Water Street, Wilmington, CA 90744.  Project staff will be available to discuss the project and to answer any questions about the proposed project. 

Written comments on the Draft EIR/EIS must be submitted by October 16, 2007.  Address comments to:

Ronald J. Kosinski, Deputy District Director
Division of Environmental Planning
Department of Transportation, District 7
100 S. Main Street MS-16A
Los Angeles, CA 90012

For questions on the study, please call Karl Price at 213.897.1839.

AVAILABILITY OF DOCUMENTS
The Draft EIS/EIR is available for review at the following locations:

  • Caltrans, District 7, 100 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Wilmington Library, 1300 N. Avalon Blvd., Wilmington, CA 90744
  • Carson Regional Library, 151 E. Carson St., Carson, CA 90745
  • Victoria Park Library, 17906 S. Avalon Blvd., Carson, CA 90746
  • San Pedro Regional Library, 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731
  • Harbor City-Harbor Gateway Branch Library, 24000 S. Western, Harbor City, CA 90710
  • Long Beach City Library – Harte Library, 1595 W. Willow St., Long Beach 90810
  • Long Beach Main Library – 101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Mark Twain Neighborhood Library, 1325 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach 90813
  • East Rancho Dominguez Library, 4205 E. Compton Blvd., East Rancho Dominguez, CA 90221

Additional information from ACTA website:

Project Description

The Schuyler Heim Bridge Replacement and SR-47 Expressway Project is being advanced through a joint partnership between Caltrans and the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA)  The project proposes to replace the seismically deficient Schuyler Heim Bridge over Cerritos Channel and add a four-lane elevated roadway connection to Alameda Street that will bypass three signalized intersections and five at-grade railroad crossings.  The Heim Bridge is an essential service link between Terminal Island and the mainland in Wilmington.

This project will provide an alternative route from Terminal Island, a major generator of port-related truck traffic, and provide direct access to local distribution centers and warehousing facilities in the South Bay area, as well as I-405 and SR-91, thereby relieving congestion on the Harbor and Long Beach freeways.

The Schuyler Heim Bridge Replacement and SR-47 project will enhance the efficient, secure movement of goods at the nation’s largest port complex, as well as reduce congestion and improve mobility.

Project Benefits

  • Replaces the seismically-deficient Schuyler Heim moveable bridge with a new safer fixed bridge
  • Creates an expressway between Ocean Blvd. on Terminal Island and Alameda St. at Pacific Coast Highway
  • Enhances mobility on local freeways by diverting 5-8% of the port-related trucks
  • Diverts trucks from certain local arterials and commercial and residential areas
  • Facilitates future improvements to the Long Beach I-710 Freeway
  • Provides alternative route tothe existing near-dock rail yard
  • Eliminates traffic conflicts at 5 at-grade rail crossings and 3 traffic signals

Project Alternatives

Alternative 1: Bridge Replacement and SR-47 Expressway
This alternative involves replacing the existing Schuyler Heim Bridge and constructing the new SR-47 Expressway.  It will provide an alternative route along Alameda Street for traffic to and from Terminal Island including a flyover that would divert eastbound Ocean Boulevard traffic directly onto northbound SR-47 and across the new bridge. 

The new SR-47 Expressway would begin on Terminal Island, extending north onto the new fixed-span bridge.  It would continue north and join Alameda Street just south of Pacific Coast Hwy.  The expressway would eliminate traffic conflicts at five at-grade railroad crossings and three signalized intersections.  Under this alternative, the existing connectivity to SR-103 would be maintained.

Alternative 2: SR-103 Extension to Alameda Street
As in Alternative 1, this alternative includes replacing the existing Schuyler Heim Bridge and constructing the flyover from Ocean Blvd.  However, this alternative provides the connector to Alameda Street about 2.5 miles further north than Alternative 1.  In this alternative the four-lane viaduct connector would connect SR-103 to Alameda Street just south of I-405.

Alternative 3: Bridge Demolition Avoidance
This alternative would preserve the existing Schuyler Heim Bridge as an Historical Landmark and involves constructing a new fixed-span bridge east of the existing bridge.  The SR-47 Expressway and Ocean Blvd. /SR-47 Flyover would include, as described under Alternative 1, similar connectivity with SR-103.

Alternative 4:  Bridge Replacement Only 
This alternative would replace the existing Schuyler Heim Bridge with a fixed-span bridge, as described under Alternative 1.  This alternative, however, does not include the SR-47 Expressway described in Alternative 1 or the SR-103 extension to Alameda Street described in Alternative 2.  No roadway improvements would occur and the flyover would not be constructed.

Alternative 5: Transportation System Management
This alternative is designed to identify low-cost, easily implemental improvements to the local roadway system as an alternative to constructing a new bridge.  This Transportation System Management (TSM) alternative focuses on improvements to routes that parallel the proposed SR-47 Expressway, and that serve the same trips.  These trips include truck trips to and from the near-dock rail yard, and trips to and from the ports via Alameda Street, Henry Ford Avenue, and SR-47.  The TSM alternative would include measures to improve capacity and traffic circulation at the ports though policy changes and use of the latest TSM technologies.  With this alternative, capital investment would be minimal compared to Alternatives 1 to 4.  The existing Schuyler Heim Bridge would continue to be seismically inadequate and subject to damage or collapse under strong seismic conditions. 

Alternative 6: No Build
Under this alternative, there would be no change to the existing Schuyler Heim Bridge or local roadway system.  The existing Schuyler Heim Bridge would continue to be seismically inadequate and subject to damage or collapse under strong seismic conditions

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