The I-110/SR-47 Connectors Improvement Program is complimentary array of projects, which improve freeway access to Port facilities, eliminate traffic movement conflicts, improve existing non-standard elements, and better accommodate existing and future traffic conditions for Port and background traffic. The primary strategy of this program is the reduction and separation of port truck traffic from roadways heavily used by the general public. This program focuses on connectors to the I-110 and SR-47 from C Street/Harry Bridges Boulevard on the north to Harbor Boulevard/Front Street on the south, including the I-110/SR-47 Interchange.
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C St./I-110 Access Ramp Improvements
This project will improve the flow of traffic from the I-110 Freeway ramps at C Street by consolidating two closely-spaced intersections and facilitating heavy right-turn volumes with free-flowing turn lanes. Improved connectivity to the designated National Highway Intermodal Connectors of Figueroa Street and Harry Bridges Boulevard is another benefit. Several benefactors will reap the fruits of this improvement, including Trapac, Yang Ming, and China Shipping Terminals, as well as the community.
Key features are:
- A new off-ramp for traffic exiting the northbound I-110 to Harry Bridges Boulevard.
- A dedicated lane for vehicles traveling north on John S. Gibson Boulevard transitioning to Harry Bridges Boulevard.
- A dedicated lane for traffic exiting the southbound I-110 and continuing south on John S. Gibson Boulevard.
- Elimination of the intersection at C and Figueroa streets, with C Street ending in a cul-de-sac west of Figueroa Street.
- Realignment of Harry Bridges and John S. Gibson boulevards.
I-110/SR-47 Interchange & John S. Gibson Intersection/NB I-110 Ramp Access
This project will add an additional lane from the SR-47 connector to the Northbound I-110 and extend the existing off-ramp at John S. Gibson Blvd. The off-ramp will be modified to become a two-lane exit and re-striped to accommodate one shared through- and left-turn lane and one exclusive right lane and lengthen the existing off-ramp. An additional left turn lane will be added to Southbound John S. Gibson Blvd. for traffic destined to Port terminals. This project will eliminate weaving between the slow-moving, on-ramp traffic from San Pedro and the fast-moving Bridge traffic from Long Beach to improve the connection between the SR-47 and I-110 Freeway. This additional lane will continue to the John S Gibson off-ramp with two lanes from the existing one lane, thus improving the intersection capacity with an overall improved level of service.
Key features are:
- Two lanes for vehicles transitioning from the SR-47 to the I-110.
- Improved freeway entrance and exit ramps at John S. Gibson Boulevard.
- Improvements to John S. Gibson Boulevard.
- Sound walls varying in height from 8 to 14 feet to reduce freeway noise impacting residential neighborhoods.
- Widening the Pacific Avenue and Channel Street bridges.
- Realignment of nearby railroad tracks.
The Channel Street Skate Park will be closed from fall 2014 to fall 2015 to protect the public from heavy construction overhead. Prior to the closure, a new community skate park at San Pedro’s Peck Park is due to open.
South Wilmington Grade Separation
This project provides grade-separated vehicular access to all facilities south of Harry Bridges Boulevard from a heavily utilized rail line. Fries Avenue is an important north-south commercial street within the Port of Los Angeles complex. This grade separation project will eliminate the conflict between vehicular traffic and two existing at-grade railroad crossings. It will provide unimpeded grade-separated vehicular access to the South Wilmington area which is made up of many businesses and community areas, including TraPac Container Terminal, Wilmington Liquid Bulk, Pasha Terminal, Shell Oil Co., Borax Co., GATX, Union Oil, Banning's Landing Community Center and Wilmington Waterfront Park. Currently, slow moving trains block all access to South Wilmington, including emergency vehicle access from Fire and Police Departments. In addition, this grade separation will eliminate truck queues on surrounding streets and nearby freeway off-ramps. The Fries Avenue Grade Separation will provide a reduction in potential accidents, elimination of traffic delays, increased pedestrian safety, improved movement of goods via truck and rail, and unimpeded access for emergency vehicles to the general area. These streets are used by the Wilmington Community, as well as the Ports tenants and customers.