The Foothill Extension will take the Gold Line from its current terminus in Pasadena to the Azusa/Glendora border. It’s a project funded by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by L.A. County voters in 2008.
The last station on the Gold Line at present is at Sierra Madre Villa in the middle of the 210 freeway. The old Santa Fe rail right-of-way continues east along the 210 for about a mile. The new bridge will carry the tracks over the 210′s eastbound lanes as the tracks curve south toward downtown Arcadia, where there will be a new station — the old bridge was torn down years ago because of seismic concerns.
The Foothill Extension Construction Authority, the independent agency building the line, is currently selecting a contractor to build the rest of the line. The Authority says the scheduled completion date is 2015.
Here’s the news release about the bridge from the Construction Authority, which we received late Friday:
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON I-210 GOLD LINE BRIDGE
After nearly a year of design work, permit approvals and hiring of subcontractors, crews will start work on the I-210 Gold Line Bridge next week. The 584-linear foot bridge crosses over the eastbound lanes of the I-210 Freeway between Baldwin and Santa Anita Avenues, and will facilitate connection between the existing Sierra Madre Villa Station in East Pasadena and the future Arcadia Station. It is the first component of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa to move from design to construction.
Over the next few months, crews will clear the center and southern freeway medians, build a 500 foot long temporary retaining wall, and then start work on the massive foundations for the bridge structure. Intermittent late-night closures of the Eastbound I-210 Freeway will be necessary during the year-long bridge construction. The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority will issue regular construction notices to update the community on bridge construction activities and schedules.
Community members can sign up to receive construction alerts via email or text message on the Authority’s website at www.foothillextension.org. Information is also available over the phone on the 24-hour project information hotline – (855) 446-1160.
The I-210 Bridge is scheduled to be completed in July 2012, in time for the alignment contractor to start installing the track, utilities, systems and more.
What To Expect This Week:
During the evenings of Tuesday, July 5 and Wednesday, July 6, work will require temporary closure of the Eastbound I-210 HOV and #1 freeway lanes from Rosemead Boulevard to Santa Anita Avenue. Closures will take place from 10:00 p.m. though 6:00 a.m. (a possible third night of the same closure may occur on Thursday, July 7). Minimal delays are expected.
About the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority
The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority is an independent transportation planning and construction agency created in 1999 by the California State Legislature. Its purpose is to extend the Metro Gold Line from Union Station to the Los Angeles County Line. The Metro Gold Line light rail line opened in 2003, connecting downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena. Los Angeles County’s Measure R half-cent sales tax increase will fully fund the segment between Pasadena and Azusa, currently under final design and construction, and will partially fund a future segment from Azusa to Montclair (currently undergoing environmental review). A proposed final extension to the LA/Ontario International Airport is also under study.
More information about the project and the Authority can be found at www.foothillextension.org.