This week, the City of Compton hosted a groundbreaking for the new Artesia Bridge. Damage from a December 2020 fire rendered the bridge unsafe to use, and as a result, access to the bridge has been closed.
The Artesia Bridge is a critical thoroughfare that connects to the 91 Freeway, the Port of Long Beach, and many neighboring cities. The closure has impacted public safety, goods movement, and local businesses. Some local businesses have reported losses of $150,000 to $400,000 per week in sales due to the bridge closure.
State Sen. Steven Bradford (35th District) and Assemblymember Mike Gibson (65th District) advocated to include the bridge as one of California’s top ten priority budget requests to Gov. Gavin Newsom in the 2021-2022 fiscal year. As a result, the project was awarded $12 million in state funds for bridge repair. The new bridge is expected to be completed and open for travel by this summer.