Work on Gold Line Foothill Extension bridge continues

The top photo was taken in March before work began on the Gold Line bridge over the eastbound lanes of the 210 freeway. The bottom photo was taken yesterday — Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Here’s the update sent out today by Foothill Extension Construction Authority CEO Habib Balian:

Work on the Iconic Freeway Structure has begun. As you have seen over the last few weeks, the center median of the eastbound I-210 is clear and the 500-foot-long retaining wall is well on its way to completion. The retaining  wall is the first step in the construction process, creating the needed wide flat surface for the large construction equipment to access the construction area. Below, are two images – the first was taken in March 2011, before construction began; and the second was taken yesterday:

As construction continues in the coming weeks, the wall will be completed, and then work will begin on the 110 foot deep foundations. That will be the first time a late night full closure of the eastbound lanes will be needed.  We will provide advanced notice of those activities.

The Gold Line Foothill Extension will extend the Gold Line from Pasadena for 11.5 miles to the Azusa/Glendora border. The project is being funded by Measure R, the sales tax increase approved by L.A. County voters in 2008 and is scheduled for completion in 2015.