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7th Street bridge set to reopen in Long Beach

April 27, 2012 | 11:32 pm

After a yearlong closure, the 7th Street bridge that connects commuters from Orange County to Long Beach is set to reopen Saturday morning, according to the Orange County Transportation Authority.

"We know this has been an inconvenience and I want to sincerely thank the community for enduring this closure during the past year," said OCTA Chairman Paul Glaab, who is also the mayor of Laguna Niguel.

The closure was part of the West County Connectors project that aims to improve traffic flow by connecting carpool lanes on the 405 Freeway to the 605 Freeway and 22 Freeway.

The connector was closed last April, torn down and reconstructed so that new carpool lanes on the 405 Freeway could be added beneath the bridge.

"A collaboration of local, state and federal resources, the West County Connectors project is an ideal example of government agencies working together to improve traffic conditions throughout the region," said Caltrans District 12 Director Cindy Quon. "This project will improve mobility and it is creating much-needed employment at the same time."

For Long Beach residents, reopening the valuable bridge means just one thing: Relief.

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