Harbor Commission will review plan for Cerritos Channel towers Dec. 11

SCE lines at the Port of Long BeachThe Port of Long Beach has prepared the final environmental impact report for a proposal by Southern California Edison (SCE) to modify existing transmission and telecommunication lines to improve navigational safety in the Inner Harbor. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners will consider the EIR during a public hearing at its Dec. 11 regular meeting.

SCE’s project would remove a portion of transmission line, and raise segments of existing transmission and telecommunication lines along with supporting transmission structures that cross the Cerritos Channel at Piers A and S. The plans are consistent with the objectives for the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project. The new bridge will be 205 feet above the Port’s Back Channel, while SCE’s existing transmission towers’ electric lines spanning the Cerritos Channel are only 155 feet above the water. To ensure these electric lines do not impede navigation through the Inner Harbor, the transmission lines and associated towers will need to be raised to at least 205 feet.

The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at the Port Interim Administrative Offices, 4801 Airport Plaza Drive in Long Beach.