The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners last week awarded a $36.8 million construction contract for its “Green Port Gateway,” a railroad project designed to enhance the Port of Long Beach’s capacity for on-dock rail.
State and federal funds helped to pay for the project, designed to serve terminals like the $1.2 billion Middle Harbor currently under construction. The Green Port Gateway includes a major track realignment and development of a rail support yard.
The U.S Transportation Department’s TIGER III (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) program provided $17 million and the state’s Proposition 1B transportation measure provided $31.8 million for the project. In addition to the construction contract, the total cost includes engineering design, utility relocation and construction management.
Construction could begin as early as November and is expected to continue until July 2014. The project includes demolition and removal of existing tracks, laying 29,000 linear feet of new tracks and building 6,000 linear feet of retaining walls. The improvements will minimize derailments and optimize rail traffic flow to and from waterfront terminals. The contractor is Ames Construction of Corona, Calif.
The Green Port Gateway Project is the first of four rail projects expected to begin over the next year to enhance on-dock rail. - Eric Johnson