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Mountain Ave will be fully closed north of Duarte Rd for five months, in the first of two phases, for construction of grade crossing improvements.
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The Duarte Station is part of the future Foothill Extension from Pasadena to Azusa, currently underway. The station will be located along Duarte Road, just west of Highland Avenue and within a short walk to the City of Hope National Medical Center. It will be a center platform station, with tracks on both sides. Access to the station will be available from both the east and west sides of the platform.
A 125-space parking facility is planned directly north of the station. Bicycle parking and lockers are also planned.
For project updates, click here.
In 2007, the City of Duarte celebrated its 50th anniversary with an updated General Plan, setting parameters for land use and transportation improvements over the next 20 years. City leaders, together with residential and business leaders worked together on the vision, which includes the creation of a downtown area in the vicinity of Buena Vista Street and Huntington Drive and a transit-oriented development near the Duarte station.
The city decided that the proposed Duarte station provides a unique opportunity to phase in a series of transit-oriented-development (TOD) projects to complement the potential growth of the hospital and provide supporting amenities that patients, staff and students will need. Initial concepts involved multi-story, mixed-use facilities that could offer new housing and entertainment choices for Duarte residents and visitors.
The concept for a transit-oriented development was put forth at community workshops held as part of the General Plan Update process. To support this idea, policies were fashioned in the updated General Plan supporting commercial development along major transportation corridors as well as mixed-use, higher-density housing.
As the Construction Authority and city begin a new dialogue through the 2010 TOD study just underway, the city may update their vision for the future.
In 1841, the governor of Alta California granted nearly 7,000 acres of prime land in the upper San Gabriel Valley to Mexican ex-Army Corporal Andres Duarte and his wife. He named the place Rancho Azusa de Duarte. In the early part of this century, one of the country's premier medical institutions established its home in Duarte. In 1928, the Jewish Relief Association started a tuberculosis sanitarium on 40 acres of land South of Duarte Road. This later evolved into the world-renowned City of Hope National Medical Center, a recognized leader in fighting cancer and other catastrophic diseases. In 1957, a dedicated group of community members led the fight for incorporation, and on August 22, 1957, their efforts paid off with the formation of the City of Duarte and the Duarte Unified School District.
City of Duarte - www.accessduarte.com
City of Hope National Medical Center - www.cityofhope.org
Duarte Chamber of Commerce - www.duartechamber.com
Duarte Historical Society - www.duartehistory.org
Justice Brothers Racing Museum - www.justicebrothers.com
About the Artists
Myklebust and Sears create context-driven sculptural works, which are made meaningful by reflecting the natural and cultural histories of their sites. Because each project is shaped by the needs of its end-users and the special circumstances of its location, the artists do not develop designs for a project until they have had an opportunity to meet with stakeholders and explore a site and its community in depth.
Andrea Myklebust and Stanton Gray Sears are two accomplished artists who began working collaboratively in 1993. Based in Wisconsin, this artist team has an impressive array of public art projects around the country. Some of the highlights of their collaborative work include: artwork for light-rail stations on the Minneapolis-St. Paul Central Corridor Line; architecturally-integrated artwork for the Microbial Sciences building at the University of Wisconsin at Madison; work on the Minnesota World War II Memorial; and design and creation of a granite entry paving for the historic Fox Theatre in Stockton, CA.
For more information on previous or current projects by this artist team, visit http://www.myklebustsears.com
Title for Station Artwork
Spirit of the San Gabriel River
Above, artist detail of future Duarte station paver
Statement for Station Artwork
Central to the development of the station art concept was research conducted by the artist team at the local historical society and a visit to the San Gabriel River. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the development process for the artwork was how the team assembles the visual reference material to tell a story of Duarte. The challenge to the art concept for this station was the limited space for placement of the art. The artist team recognized early that the visual opportunities for sighting the art were most beneficial if located on the station platform. This will allow for train passengers and car travelers on Duarte Road to enjoy the primary sculptural elements.
Myklebust and Sears developed a series of three painted steel-and-stone sculptural columns for the platform. The columns are approximately 10 feet tall, and are spaced evenly in relation to the other vertical elements on the station platform. The top portion of each sculpture is hand-carved limestone. Each column incorporates a different aspect of local history. In one, the carved limestone capital is drawn from the tooled leather designs of a nineteenth-century California-style saddle. In another, the traditional weaving patterns of the Tongva/Gabrieleno people resemble a gathering basket. The heavy steel plate structures of each sculpture echo the forms of the carved stone capitals.
Below each sculpture, integrated along with the design of the platform paving, are 8-inch-square low-relief cast bronze pavers, which depict three different patterns of orange blossoms, branches and fruit. These images are inspired by the colorful orange crate labels that were prevalent in the region when citrus farms were the primary industry. Over time, the bronze pavers will wear and become more light-reflective in the higher points of the relief patterns.
Construction is underway on the Pasadena to Azusa Extension and is scheduled to be completed in September 2015, when it will be turned over to Metro for testing and pre-revenue service. Three at-grade crossings, a 125-space parking lot and the future Duarte Gold Line Station are part of the work that will take place in Duarte over the next couple of years. Additionally, new sidewalks will be built on the north side of Duarte Rd. and west side of Highland Ave., and a new signalized crosswalk will be added across Duarte Rd. at City of Hope.
The following construction activities will take place in Duarte over the next few years:*
Notes: Schedule is designed to avoid concurrent adjacent road closures.
Duarte (Center Platform): Construction began on the Duarte Station in February 2013 and will be ongoing through December 2014. Parking facility is scheduled to begin construction in July 2014.
Highland Ave. to Mountain Ave.: Light rail track installation began in December 2013 and will continue through December 2014.
Highland Ave. to Mountain Ave.: Walls and drainage work began in June 2013 and will continue through August 2014.
Grade Crossings (street level)
Mountain Ave.: Third party utility work began in 2013 and will be ongoing until the grade crossing improvements commence. The grade crossing is anticipated to begin in May 2014 and continue for up to eight months in two construction phases (first, north of Duarte Rd and then south of Duarte Rd). At the end of construction, Mountain Ave will be reconfigured to remove the curve and hump that currently exist at this point in the street. During the two phases, Mountain Ave will be fully closed and detour routes will be implemented. Check back for more details.
Buena Vista St. (completed): Work began in mid-June 2013 and was completed in late August 2013.
Highland Ave. (completed): The at-grade (street level) crossing began construction in February 2013 and was completed in mid-March 2013.
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* Dates are approximate. Construction schedules are subject to change