Port to Close 9th Street Rail Crossing on March 9
Operational closure to improve movement of cargo by rail
December 10, 2018
The Port of Long Beach plans an operational closure of 9th Street where it crosses railroad tracks near Pico Avenue in the harbor district in West Long Beach as of March 9, 2019. The closure is needed to improve railroad operations at the Port, allowing for the building of longer trains, shifting cargo from trucks to rail.
The closure will enhance rail operations by allowing the assembly of longer trains to move cargo faster and more efficiently via on-dock rail. On-dock rail is the cleanest, most efficient means of moving cargo containers on land and also helps to limit truck trips.
Closing the 9th Street at-grade rail crossing will also improve traffic safety and flow, allowing for smoother traffic operations at the nearby busy intersection of Pico Avenue, Pier B Street and the on- and off-ramps to and from the 710 Freeway.
The crossing will only open for oversized trucks with special permits, at appointed times.
Port, commuter and local traffic will be able to use other routes around the closed section of 9th Street. Oversize and overweight cargo will be shifted to other routes. Most vehicles will use the 710 Freeway to bypass 9th Street.
Find the Operational Closure of 9th Street At-Grade Railroad Crossing fact sheet here