When a suspicious container is discovered at the Los
Angeles-Long Beach port complex in California, it is placed on a truck and
hauled to a warehouse in Carson, which is several miles north of the complex.
Trucks have to haul the questionable cargo through several
miles of densely populated area, with drivers not knowing whether they are
carrying containers loaded with explosives or other hazardous materials.
But port officials are working to change that. According to
a news release, they awarded a contract to design a new container inspection
facility on Terminal Island, which is part of the port complex.
The contract was awarded to URS Corp., a global engineering
and design firm based in San Francisco.
The facility will cost an estimated $73.8 million to $90.8
million, part of which will be paid for with grant money from the Department of
According to the news release, $4 million in grants have
been awarded thus far. The port officials said they hope to secure more federal
money as the project moves forward. No timeline has been announced for the
design phase of the project.