Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project
The Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project located in Long Beach, CA broke ground on the replacement bridge in April 2016 and by December 2017 Movable Scaffolding Systems (MSS) were put in place to start the process of setting this brand new cable-stayed bridge that will reach across the Port of Long Beach’s back channel and sit 205 feet above the water. When completed in late 2020 the new Gerald Desmond Bridge will be the second tallest cable-stayed bridge in the United States and the first long-span cable-stayed bridge in California. The previous bridge was built in 1960 and will be demolished once the replacement is completed.
This project has highlighted four of our Derrick cranes that have been on-site from the start to help with the unique assembly of this replacement bridge. Our American S40 Stiff Leg Derricks have been featured on multiple times on the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project website and in a variety of articles, videos, social media platforms, and even was featured in Engineering News-Record for their segment on “2019 Year in Construction Slideshow”. This project has been great exposure and has been able to give us and many others the opportunity to showcase how tremendous these pieces of equipment are. Operating these Derricks are four American 280 triple drum hoists with Tier 4F engines and Allison CRT 5633 PowerShift Transmissions. This replacement project also required additional services we were able to provide out of our fabrication shop and that consisted of four 50 ton custom fabricated sleds complete with launching and leveling systems to facilitate construction directly from the bridge deck. All of the components help keep the project on time and efficient.
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