Foothill Extension E-News
February 12, 2014
Pasadena to Azusa Surpasses 50% Completion; Azusa to Montclair and Ontario Airport Extension Updates
Pasadena to Azusa Update:
The Construction Authority announced today that the Foothill Extension light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa is now more than halfway to project completion. The project is on-schedule for a September 2015 turn over to Metro for testing and pre-revenue service. Metro will decide when the line opens for passenger service.
Since work began in 2010, more than 600,000 work hours have been expended on the project. We are proud to say that none have been lost due to injury. To date, crews have completed the $18.6 million Gold Line Bridge; as well as eight of the 14 at-grade street crossings, 15 of the 24 bridge structures, and 70% of the utility work along the 11.5-mile Alignment. Additionally, more than half of the foundations are now in place for the future Overhead Catenary System that will power the light rail system through this area.
The freight track between San Gabriel Ave in Azusa and the Glendora city border has been fully realigned to its new position south of the future light rail tracks, and light rail track is starting to be installed east of the city of Duarte. Work on soundwalls and retaining walls is underway throughout the corridor, station platforms are starting to be ready for their canopies, and station artwork is being created in studios around the region and the country.
The 24-acre, $265 million Operations Campus is now 40% complete. Structural steel is being erected for the main shop building, six miles of storage track is well on its way to completion, and the Maintenance of Way canopy and cleaning platforms are taking shape.
If you like the few photos above, you should check out our photo gallery of progress shots! Click on this link to view more progress from the air and on the ground.
Here is what the project's corridor mayors are saying about the 50% project milestone:
"I am extremely impressed as I watch the Gold Line being built in Azusa. Crews are nearly complete with the enormous undertaking of moving miles of freight track into its new position; while also building or rebuilding nine rail bridges and completing new street crossings across the city. Work has recently begun on our two future stations, and soundwalls are now under construction along the length of the rail corridor. I am confident that the project is more than halfway complete in our city, and I applaud the Construction Authority and their contractor for a remarkably smooth job so far. Keep up the good work."
- Mayor Joseph Rocha, City of Azusa
"Monrovia residents are patiently accepting the challenges brought by construction, because we all eagerly anticipate the Gold Line arriving in our city. The excitement is certainly building, especially now that we see the Monrovia station and parking facility starting to take shape. Our city continues to move forward on the plans for our Station Square development, including the largest public works project in our history that will be built up literally around the Monrovia Gold Line station."
- Mayor Mary Ann Lutz, City of Monrovia
"Construction of the Gold Line has gone very well in Arcadia, since the project broke ground at Newcastle Park in June 2010. The Gold Line Bridge over the eastbound I-210 Freeway has won awards for its' unique design and engineering, and the three other rail bridges in the city are also quite impressive. The Construction Authority and their contractor have done an excellent job making sure that the light rail project fits aesthetically into our city so well that I believe it is going to feel like the train never left Arcadia."
- Mayor Mickey Segal, City of Arcadia
"The 50% completion of the Gold Line to Duarte marks a triumphant shift in transit options for Duarte residents. We look forward to 100% completion when we can ride the Gold Line into Pasadena and LA. The canopy structures are already installed at our beautiful station, and light rail track is being laid just a few hundred feet to the east. I look forward to celebrating the completion of the Duarte/City of Hope station just a few short months from now."
- Mayor Liz Reilly, City of Duarte
"I have watched the Gold Line construction throughout the 11.5-mile corridor over the last year. The work is moving quickly and is already having an impact on the area. With so many workers coming in and out of Irwindale daily, I believe that reaching 50% helps them realize that help is truly on its way. Soon they will be able to utilize the new rail line to get to and from work, and allow our city to grow in new and more sustainable ways."
- Mayor Mark A. Breceda, City of Irwindale
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Azusa to Montclair Update:
Late last year, the Construction Authority kicked-off work on the Azusa to Montclair project. Meetings were held with corridor cities, station artists and potential contractors in preparation for the advanced conceptual engineering and NEPA work beginning this Spring.
On Jan. 8, 2014, the Construction Authority issued a Request for Proposals for this work. Proposals are due in March 2014, and a contract award is anticipated in April. Once this 18-month process is complete, the Azusa to Montclair segment will be shovel ready for a design-build procurement. The design phase is funded by Measure R.
As the Construction Authority continues to ready the segment for construction, we are actively working on ways to fund the construction (estimated to cost around $1 billion for the 12.3-mile, six station segment). Once funding is secured, the project will take approximately four years to design and build.
Over the next two years, the Construction Authority will again be out in the corridor cities from Azusa to Montclair meeting with the community about the project. We will keep you posted through these newsletters about upcoming meetings.
Ontario Airport Extension Update:
The Construction Authority board recently approved issuing a Request of Proposals for the next phase of study for the Ontario Airport Extension. The $1.5 million Alternatives Analysis study will provide a more detailed look at the alternatives available to connect the Gold Line light rail system to the LA/Ontario International Airport, including route and mode options. The Construction Authority is funding the study, with assistance from corridor cities. This final segment of the line is still many years away from fruition; however, keeping the progress moving is a priority for the agency.
Other Easy Ways to Stay Updated:
Community Resources Available:
• 24-hour Community Hotline - (626) 324-7098
• Get construction alert texts sent to your cell phone - text GOLDLINENEWS to 888777
• Construction Authority's Construction Updates webpage: http://www.foothillextension.org/construction_phases/construction-updates/
• Receive construction notices to your email: http://www.foothillextension.org
• Friend the project on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/iwillride
• Drop by one of three public information offices:
400 N. Santa Anita Ave, Suite 101-B, Arcadia, CA 91006
(Northeast corner of Santa Anita Ave and La Porte St)
Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays ONLY: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
406 E. Huntington Dr, Suite 202, Monrovia, CA 91016
(Construction Authority Offices)
Hours: Mondays through Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
1300 W. Optical Dr, Suite 500, Azusa, CA 91702
Hours: Mondays through Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thank you for your continued interest in the Foothill Extension.
Lisa Levy Buch, Director of Public Affairs
and the Public Affairs Team
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