Several lanes and ramps on the 710 Freeway will be closed this weekend, as Caltrans begins two renovation projects in Commerce and Long Beach.

Lanes and on- and off- ramps between Washington Boulevard and the Pomona (60) Freeway in the Commerce and Vernon areas will be closed starting Friday at about 7 p.m. for a roadway resurfacing and bridge widening project.

Starting Saturday at 9 p.m., the connecting ramp from the old Gerald Desmond Bridge on Terminal Island to the northbound 710 will be torn down to make room for the next phase of construction of the $1.47 billion replacement bridge.

Work in Commerce will end on Monday morning, but according to Port of Long Beach Interim Deputy Executive Director Duane Kenagy, the Gerald Desmond Bridge will be gone for good, and the route won’t reopen until the replacement bridge does.

“This detour route is the last major closure for the bridge replacement project,” Kenagy said. “We sincerely appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this significant infrastructure improvement project.”

On its website, the Port of Long Beach offered detour tips to local drivers.

City News Service contributed to this story.


  1. Demolition work on the 710 connector won’t begin right away. It will take a few days to start that part.


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