Tuesday, August 26, 2014

POLB Sets Up Bridge Construction Webcams

The Port of Long Beach is providing live web cameras for residents, commuters and bridge aficionados to safely view construction of the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project.

The webcams offer 24-hour views of the Gerald Desmond Bridge construction area at newgdbridge.com.

Through live cameras, viewers can see real-time activities, monitor bridge and roadway traffic and follow the bridge construction as it progresses.

“There is a tremendous amount of public interest in the construction of this new bridge,” Port of Long Beach Community Relations Manager John Pope said. “However, there is not a safe, accessible vantage point within the Port to view construction activities. These new webcams offer the best, safest way for everyone to experience the historic construction.”

A combination of live streaming video and high resolution cameras were placed at three locations: the World Trade Center rooftop facing west toward the bridge; at Pier A facing south; and at Pier T facing north. The viewpoints will allow viewers to follow along as the replacement bridge is being built and when the existing bridge is eventually demolished. Tools on the site allow users to control the cameras for a better view, including zooming in and out and selecting full-screen views. A special feature provides one minute time-lapse videos from still shots taken at noon each day.

The web cameras can also be accessed through the project smartphone app. To download the app, search for “LB Bridge” in Apple’s App Store, Google Play or Windows Phone Store.

The new bridge, which will rise adjacent to the existing Gerald Desmond Bridge, will be one of the tallest cable-stayed bridges in the United States and the first of its kind in California. The existing Gerald Desmond Bridge will be demolished once the new bridge is completed.