Friday, June 24, 2016

POLA Debuts Harbor Freeway Connector Improvements

By Mark Edward Nero

On June 20, officials from the Port of Los Angeles and the California Dept. of Transportation (Caltrans) marked the official grand opening of the newly configured I110 (Harbor Freeway) access ramps in Wilmington.

The completed construction project – which also includes key roadway modifications – is expected to significantly improve traffic flow and ease-of-merging on and off the freeway, and reduce congestion at a key, multi-point intersection near port terminals.

The completed improvements include reconfiguration of a northbound off-ramp; modification of a northbound on-ramp; realignment of Harry Bridges Boulevard and John S. Gibson Boulevard; and combining two existing intersections into one.

“One of the port’s main priorities continues to be improvements in our infrastructure, and that includes roadways around the port,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said. “Reducing congestion and improving traffic flow is a win-win for business, as well as residents and commuters who regularly travel this route through Wilmington.”

Funding for the $51 million project included about $31 million from the Port of Los Angeles and the remainder from partnering agencies, including $6.65 million from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority; $8.3 million from a trade corridors improvement fund; and $5.9 million in federal funds.

The Wilmington work completion comes on the heels of the $46 million connector improvement project in San Pedro recently completed by the Port of Los Angeles in collaboration with Caltrans.
The project involved the widening of the SR-47 (Seaside Freeway) connector to I-110 with an additional lane and modifying the freeway ramps at John S. Gibson Boulevard.