I-110/SR-47 Connectors Improvement Program
The I-110/SR-47 Connectors Improvement Program is complementary 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 commuters. This program focuses on connectors to 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.
C Street/I-110 Access Ramp Improvements
This project will improve the flow of traffic from 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, West Basin Container 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 Blvd. transitioning to Harry Bridges Blvd.
- 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 St. ending in a cul-de-sac west of Figueroa St.
- 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 eliminates weaving between slow-moving, on-ramp traffic from San Pedro and fast-moving bridge traffic from Long Beach to improve the connection between the Vincent Thomas Bridge and I-110 Freeway. The crux of the project involves widening Northbound I-110 with an additional lane that begins after the Vincent Thomas Bridge and continues to the Northbound John S. Gibson Boulevard off-ramp, where it becomes a longer, two-lane exit with one shared through/left-turn lane and one right-turn-only lane. An additional left turn lane will be added to Southbound John S. Gibson Blvd. for traffic destined to Port terminals. These additional lanes will improve the intersection capacity with an overall improved level of service.
Key features are:
- Two lanes for vehicles transitioning from SR-47 to I-110
- Improved freeway entrance and exit ramps at John S. Gibson Boulevard
- Improvements to John S. Gibson Boulevard including dedicated bike lanes
- Soundwalls 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
Construction costs are funded by the Port of Los Angeles, Federal Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA-LU), State of California Trade Corridor Improvement Fund (TCIF), and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) Prop C Funds.
South Wilmington Grade Separation
The South Wilmington Grade Separation Bridge officially opened to all vehicular traffic in April 2015. The 4,100-foot-long structure links Harry Bridges Boulevard to Pier A Street and Fries Avenue in Wilmington. The bridge eliminates the conflict between vehicular traffic and two railroad crossings along Fries Avenue and Avalon Boulevard, and provides uninterrupted vehicular access to the South Wilmington area destinations, including the TraPac Container Terminal, Wilmington Liquid Bulk Terminal, Pasha Terminal, Shell Oil Company, Rio Tinto Borax, GATX, Union Oil, Banning's Landing Community Center and Wilmington Waterfront Park. The new grade separation facilitates emergency vehicle access, eliminates truck queues and traffic delays, and increases pedestrian safety. The project also eases access to facilities south of Harry Bridges Boulevard, including a new entrance to the Port’s TraPac Terminal. The South Wilmington Grade Separation Bridge has a speed limit of 35 mph and is accessible from Harry Bridges Boulevard, Fries Avenue, and North Access Road (formerly Neptune Avenue). Construction of the bridge was completed after 26 months at a total project cost of $84 million, partially funded through Prop 1B, State Corridor Transportation Funds. Construction of this project involved the cooperation and collaboration among many organizations and agencies.