The Transportation Connection

by Jeff Khouri, P.E., (M.ASCE), Assoc. Vice Pres.; DMJM+HARRIS, Long Beach, CA,
Graham Christie, P.E., (M.ASCE), Proj. Engr.; DMJM+HARRIS, Long Beach, CA,
William Tilley, (M.ASCE), Proj. Mgr.; Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA,
Mark Rose, P.E., Proj. Constr. Mgr.; Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2001, Vol. 71, Issue 12, Pg. 49-53

Document Type: Feature article


The story of a project as immense as the Port of Los Angeles Pier 400 construction has more than a few subplots, one of which is most certainly the design and construction of the Transportation Corridor Bridge Number 1. The 7,000 ft (2,134 m) transportation corridor of the pier�constructed of a rock dike fill�includes a 385 ft (117 m) gap over the bay that is designed to provide circulation between the waters east and west of the pier for the benefit of water quality and marine life. After examining several alternatives, the port opted to build a four-lane concrete bridge that would be suitable for carrying heavy truckloads across the bay. The bridge will also accommodate utilities for the port, and a railroad crossing for the intermodal terminal is currently under construction.

Subject Headings: Infrastructure construction | Water quality | Water circulation | Ports and harbors | Concrete bridges | Transportation corridors | Railroad bridges

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