Crews are starting work on a bridge over the eastbound I-210 freeway in Arcadia, which will connect the current Gold Line light rail line to the first segment of the Gold Line Foothill Extension from Pasadena to Azusa.
The I-210 Bridge is the first element of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project to move from final design to construction. The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority selected artist Andrew Leicester in 2010 to design the bridge and awarded the construction contract to Skanska USA last January to build the $18 million structure.
Concrete bridge foundations will be built in coming months before temporary supports are constructed over the freeway this the fall. The I-210 Bridge is scheduled to be completed in July 2012, with the entire Foothill Extension segment from Pasadena to Azusa scheduled for completion in early 2015. This segment of the Foothill Extension will connect Gold Line light rail service into Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa. Another segment extending the line to Montclair is currently under environmental review and the final segment to Ontario Airport is also under study.
Intermittent late-night closures of the eastbound will be necessary during bridge construction. The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority will issue regular construction notices to update the community on bridge construction activities and schedules. Community members can sign up to receive these updates via email or text message on the Authority’s website at www.foothillextension.org. Information is also available over the phone on the 24-hour project information hotline at (855) 446-1160. Images courtesy of Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority.