The lights will be pre-programmed for many years to mark holidays, such as Christmas, Independence Day and special occasions, such as the Olympics and Pride Month.
To prevent any unforeseen construction-related complications, the bridge will remain closed to the public until the morning of Monday, Oct. 5.
Barring any further unforeseen delays, semi-trucks and passenger vehicles alike will begin crossing the unnamed Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement the morning of Oct. 5 after a seven-year development process, port officials announced Thursday.
The bridge is set to open for use in the second week of October.
Initially expected in July, the opening of the yet-to-be-named Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement was first delayed until Labor Day weekend. Further delays have pushed the opening once again to, at the earliest, October.
Hours after receiving the endorsement of Mayor Robert Garcia, former Vice President Joe Biden visited Long Beach.
Several road closures are planned for July 4-7, and will affect motorists heading to popular holiday destinations such as the Queen Mary, Carnival Cruise terminal and nearby waterfront hotels and restaurants.
All lanes will be closed for the northbound SR-47/103 at Ocean, but motorists and truckers will be able to access that route through the westbound Ocean off-ramp or northbound New Dock Street on-ramp.
Included in this week’s Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project update, a 3.1 million-pound bridge builder, technically called an orange Movable Scaffolding System (MSS), was lowered to the ground.