LOS ANGELES COUNTY –
Noting the benefits to traffic circulation and economic development,
officials from the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) and the City
of Lynwood on Monday dedicated the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Bridge.
With the cutting of a ribbon during a brief ceremony on
the bridge, officials used Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to
commemorate completion of the span. ACTA is building 27 bridges to carry street
traffic over the Mid-Corridor Trench at existing Alameda Street crossings, and
two completely new east-west crossings.
"The Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Bridge,
together with other new grade-separated crossings and improvements to Alameda
Street, are critically important to the continued economic health of Lynwood,”
Mayor Paul H. Richards II said. “These improvements will enhance the flow of
traffic in our community, representing a major benefit of the Alameda Corridor
Added ACTA Chief Executive Officer James C. Hankla:
“Not only does completion of this bridge provide a tangible benefit to the
City of Lynwood and its residents and businesses, it also demonstrates continued
progress toward the on-time, on-budget opening of the entire project in April
ACTA, a partnership between the cities and ports of Long
Beach and Los Angeles, is building a 20-mile rail cargo expressway between the
ports and the transcontinental rail yards near downtown Los Angeles. The project
will improve the flow of goods through the ports and reduce traffic congestion
by consolidating rail lines and eliminating traffic conflicts at more than 200
street-level railroad crossings.
The Mid-Corridor Trench will be approximately 10 miles
long, three stories deep and 50 feet wide along Alameda Street between State
Route 91 in Compton and 25th Street in Los Angeles. The Martin Luther
King Jr. Boulevard Bridge was built as part of the $712 million contract for the
Mid-Corridor Trench. It is currently open to traffic.
Three other bridges over the trench in Lynwood have been
completed and opened to traffic at Imperial Highway, Lynwood Road and Santa Ana
Boulevard. ACTA has completed 21 of 29 bridges over the Mid-Corridor Trench.
of the entire $2.4 billion Alameda Corridor project began in 1997 and is on
schedule for completion in April 2002. Work is under way at multiple locations
up and down the 20-mile route. More than six miles of the trench have been
excavated to date.
PHIL HAMPTON (562) 435-5551
MARIA MORENO (310)