Bridge over 210 freeway for Gold Line Foothill Extension nearing completion!

Work is wrapping up on the bridge that will carry the Gold Line Foothill Extension tracks over the eastbound lanes of the 210 freeway in Arcadia. From the Foothill Extension Construction Authority, the agency building the Measure R-funded Pasadena-to-Azusa line:

·         The on-time and on-budget Gold Line Bridge is the first element of the 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa to be completed by the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority

·         More than 92% of the materials used to make the bridge were domestic, nearly all from local and regional sources

·         The LAEDC estimates that the Foothill Extension from Pasadena to Azusa will generate nearly 7,000 new jobs (2,600 in construction) and $1 billion in economic output for the region over its construction period (construction completion is anticipated in late 2015)

·         A national artist competition led to the selection of renowned public artist Andrew Leicester to create the bridge’s landmark design. The selection was made by a committee of community stakeholders from throughout the Foothill Extension’s corridor, following receipt of 15 submissions by highly qualified public artists

·         Mr. Leicester’s vision for the bridge drove the design and engineering process – the first time such a process has been used on Caltrans infrastructure project

·         In addition to the two large concrete baskets, the bridge’s featured serpentine design on the main underbelly of the bridge simulates the patterns found on the Western Diamondback snake, metaphorically referencing the spine of the transit system


In addition, construction of a rail vehicle maintenance yard will soon begin in Monrovia. From the Construction Authority:

As mentioned previously, another significant project element is the $160 million Gold Line Operations Campus in Monrovia being built to accommodate Metro’s light rail vehicle fleet. With demolition now complete at the 24-acre site and grading underway, FTC crews are focused on completing the material removal, relocating utilities, and preparing to mass grade the largest single project element of the Foothill Extension project. Below is a photo of the site today looking south and the campus site plan: