Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement at Port of Long Beach nearly complete

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- After seven years of construction, the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement at the Port of Long Beach is nearly complete!

The port says the billion-dollar bridge was needed to accommodate the big cargo ships coming into the area.

The new bridge is over 200 feet tall and nearly 9,000 feet long -- and has been tested to withstand earthquakes and hurricane force winds.

It's scheduled to open in mid-October, and there won't be a toll to cross it.

Watch Sid Garcia's report above.
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