Falsework underway on Foothill Extension’s ‘Iconic Bridge’

Here’s an update from the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority on construction work on the bridge in Arcadia that will carry the light rail line over the eastbound 210 freeway. The Foothill Extension will run for 11.5 miles between Pasadena and the Azusa/Glendora border:

This week, Skanska began installing cross beams for the bridge falsework. Each beam ranges from 90 to 100 feet long, the length needed to cross all lanes of the eastbound I-210 Freeway. Over the next several weeks, about 50 beams will be added, stretching 330 feet from west to east. The falsework will create a safe work space for crews to construct the bridge superstructure.

Below are two photos taken over the last several days. On the left, crews are installing the first beam. The work was completed late at night to minimize impacts to the freeway. On the right, you can see what the beam looks like during the day.

As a reminder, up to 20 late-night closures of the Eastbound I-210 Freeway are planned during the remainder of February and into March. With the recent assistance of Caltrans and Arcadia Police, the detour delay has been minimal. However, we encourage those that can use alternative routes to do so, if traveling through this area from 10:00 p.m. (when up to three lanes close on the freeway) through 5:00 a.m. (when all lanes reopen). If not, expect delays.

You can receive text message alerts about the closures by texting “GOLDLINENEWS” TO 888777.

2 replies

  1. I remember when the old railroad bridge at this location was demolished in the mid-90’s… If I remember correctly, when they had to shut down the eastbound 210 to do the work, rather than forcing surface street detours, they detoured the eastbound traffic onto the westbound side of the freeway, splitting up the lanes with cones or k-rails or something. If you look at the area on Google Maps satellite view, you can still see that the detour lanes that were used still exist, just west of the construction site. Why isn’t that being done now?