The Foothill Extension crossing of Mountain Avenue near the Monrovia and Duarte border. Photo: Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority.
Here’s the news release with the good news from the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, the independent agency building the 11.5-mile project between Pasadena and the Azusa/Glendora border:
MONROVIA, CA – On the heels of last week’s completion of all light rail track installation for the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa, the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority (Construction Authority) announced today that the agency has achieved another major milestone for the project – completion of all 14 at-grade (or street-level) crossings for the 11.5-mile light rail extension. The final grade crossing work, at Mountain Ave., was completed this week – three months ahead of schedule.
Work began on the grade crossings in February 2013, and required long-term closures of each street. Each grade crossing received upgrades to underground utilities, the roadway, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, in addition to installation of light rail track, signals, and communications and safety equipment.
“Completing the at-grade crossings is an important milestone for the project, keeping us on time and on budget,” stated Construction Authority CEO Habib F. Balian. “We are now less than a year from turning the project over to Metro, and having the crossings complete means that most of the risk on the project is behind us.”
Construction took place at the following at-grade crossings:
•First Avenue and Santa Clara Street, Arcadia
•Mayflower Avenue, Monrovia
•Magnolia Avenue, Monrovia
•Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia
•California Avenue, Monrovia
•Mountain Avenue, Monrovia & Duarte
•Buena Vista Avenue, Duarte
•Highland Avenue, Duarte
•Virginia Avenue, Azusa
•San Gabriel Avenue, Azusa
•Azusa Avenue, Azusa
•Alameda Avenue, Azusa
•Dalton Avenue, Azusa
•Pasadena Avenue, Azusa