By Steve Hymon, September 25, 2013
More good news for the Gold Line Foothill Extension project, which is adding 11.5 miles to the Gold Line between eastern Pasadena and the Azusa/Glendora border with six new stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and two in Azusa.
Here’s the latest update from Habib Balian, CEO of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, the agency building the line:
Over the last several months, the Pasadena to Azusa project has hit its full stride as our contractors continue to achieve important milestones everywhere along the 11.5-mile alignment. Nearly half of the at-grade crossings for the project are now complete, with six more currently under construction. The community impacted at each of these crossings and subsequent closures have so far been supportive and understanding so that our work can be completed in the least amount of time possible; for that we are grateful.
Earlier this week, the last concrete pour was completed for the 700-foot-long San Gabriel River Bridge (shown below). It was critical that all structural work using the river bed be complete by October, in time for the rainy season; and FTC is on schedule to achieve that goal.
FTC is also making great strides in completing the realignment of the nearly four miles of freight track between the San Gabriel River Bridge and the Glendora city boundary.
This work had to be completed without interrupting freight service into the San Gabriel Valley. All work is now complete on the eastern portion of the shared corridor – between San Gabriel Avenue in Azusa and the Glendora boundary. All at-grade crossing improvements within this section of the project are now complete, as well as three new freight bridges. Work continues on the realignment west of San Gabriel Ave.
At the Operations Campus, crews are nearly ready to start laying the six miles of track that will be installed within the $265 million facility. As of today, more than half of the 213 OCS pole foundations are drilled and poured, and the Maintenance of Way storage structure is nearly complete (see photos below of the site looking south over the future vehicle storage area, as well as my team viewing the new structure).