The Port of Long Beach (POLB) plans to close 9th Street where it crosses the railroad tracks near Pico Avenue, a frequently used oversize load route, which is critical for transporting large loads to and from the Long Beach Port.
The closure of 9th Street at-grade railroad crossing could begin in late 2018, and the roadway will not reopen except for oversize trucks that have prescheduled access and are accompanied by CHP escort, according to a fact sheet published by the POLB.
Furthermore, the fact sheet noted that keeping the 9th street at-grade railroad crossing open to vehicle traffic hampers railroad operations. The closure is expected to allow for the construction of two additional rail lines along Pico Avenue.
POLB is hosting a status update meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 11 a.m., which is open to the public. Discussion of the closure is the main topic, however other topics including post closure oversize permits are on the agenda. Truckers and other industry officials are expected to be in attendance to voice concerns.
There is a specific alternate route proposed as well as other routes which can handle oversize cargo at the port, which is the largest on the West Coast, for travel if the closure happens but is in some cases inadequate.
Status Update Meeting
What: POLB Status Update for the Closure of 9th Street
When: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 11:00 AM-1:00 PM PST
Where: 725 Harbor Plaza L.B. – POLB Maintenance Division Ground Floor Conference Room – Park Outside Fence and Enter @ Pedestrian Gate
WCS Permits & Pilot Cars will have representation at the meeting. Companies affected by the closure are encouraged to attend.
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