Name for New Long Beach Bridge Announced

Long Beach International Gateway will likely be the name of the newly built bridge that connects the Port of Long Beach to the surrounding area.

The moniker was announced Monday by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell and Senator Lena A. Gonzalez, two Long Beach Democrats who organized a community survey earlier this month and used the results to jointly introduce Assembly Concurrent Resolution 88 designating the state highway route 710 where the bridge is located with the new name.

A sign will be made if adopted by the State Legislature.

“The community has spoken and they made a great choice,” O’Donnell said. “The name ‘Long Beach International Gateway Bridge’ appropriately signifies Long Beach as the gateway to the American economy.”

Gonzalez said she is thankful for the community’s input.

“This iconic state landmark will connect us to the rest of the world for decades to come, and it is now time to formalize its name,” she said. “Both Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell and I are very excited to announce the name that received the most votes, Long Beach International Gateway!”

The new bridge, which replaced the aging former Gerald Desmond Bridge, opened in October as the second-tallest cable-stayed span in the nation with two towers standing 515 feet tall. The bridge is a major part of the nation’s trade system moving nearly 15% of the nation’s waterborne cargo.

By Pacific Maritime