Habib Balian, the CEO of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, has sent the update below to those following the project, which will extend the Gold Line for 11.5 miles from eastern Pasadena to the Azusa/Glendora border:
Anyone that lives, works or drives by the Foothill Extension corridor is well aware that the project is underway – construction is everywhere. The at-grade crossings are being completed at a fast pace (two more are scheduled to re-open in the next week), station platforms are now visible in Arcadia, Monrovia and Duarte (and will start soon in Irwindale and Azusa), and the freight track is on schedule to be fully realigned between the San Gabriel River in Irwindale and the Azusa/Glendora border at the end of the year.
The two dozen structures being built or modified for the project are also progressing well. As you can see from the photo on the left below, the new Santa Anita Ave Bridge abutments are nearing completion on both sides of the street; a third pier will be constructed soon in the center island and then girders will be installed. The new abutments are uniquely designed to fit within the community, matching the art-deco style that exists along the corridor in the city of Arcadia.
At the Operations Campus, crews are preparing to install six miles of track and overhead electrical wires needed within the 24-acre facility. Foundations for more than half of the 213 OCS poles have been poured. Their locations are identified by flags in the photo on the right:
Finally, in case you missed it, the Pasadena Star News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune ran the Editorial below [please click here to read] highlighting the land use changes occurring along the Foothill Extension corridor in anticipation of the Gold Line’s arrival. The Rosedale development in Azusa is their main example, but development planned in Monrovia is also cited. Rosedale, the master-planned community that went bankrupt partway through construction several years ago, is now under new ownership, rejuvenated and well underway to completion. The Gold Line is a big selling point for the buyers, according to our discussions with their team, and the future APU/Citrus College station on the development’s southeast corner is a highly anticipated amenity offered by this new community.
The editorial also highlights the paper’s continuing commitment to keeping pressure on Metro to complete the entire project, to Claremont. Here is how the Editorial ends: “If only the unfairly Los Angeles-oriented Metro board would extend the Gold Line to Claremont, as county voters approved, the San Gabriel Valley could really be going somewhere.”
The Journey Continues,
Habib F. Balian
Editorial note from yours truly: In 2008 county voters approved Measure R, which provided $735 million for the Foothill Extension project. That gets it to Azusa. The portion of the line to Claremont remains unfunded at this time.
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