By Karen Robes Meeks
Starting March 9, commuters should anticipate an operational closure at 9th Street near Pico Avenue in Long Beach’s west side.
The Port of Long Beach says the closure will allow for longer trains and the movement of cargo using on-dock rail rather than by trucks, a move that will mean less pollution.
The closure will also mean better traffic flow and safety, especially at Pico Avenue, Pier B Street and the on- and off-ramps to and from the 710 Freeway. Oversized trucks will be able to access the crossing with special permits and at appointed times, according to the port.
To bypass 9th Street, the port is suggesting that drivers use the 710 Freeway.