The 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill extension light rail reaches construction milestone, as the project is now halfway complete. Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority confirmed today that the 11.5-mile rail project from Pasadena to Azusa will be complete by September 2015. The about $1-billion project will be providing six new light rail stations for Metro service.
The project also includes additional construction of intermodal parking facilities in the cities of Arcadia, Azusa, Duarte, Monrovia, and Irwindale. About 24 new and rebuilt bridge structures, 14 at-grade street crossings, 3.6-miles of repositioned freight track in a shared corridor with BNSF Railway, and a 24-acre, $265-million Operations Campus to accommodate up to 84 light rail vehicles is also included in the project.
The construction began in early 2012 and workers have worked for about 500, 000 hours on this project without a lost-time accident. Construction Authority CEO, Habib F. Balian, stated that they have maintained the time schedule and budget since they began work in 2010. He said that they are confident of delivering this regionally significant project on time and on budget.
There are three design-build contracts included in the project that include an exclusive bridge, the main track and intermodal parking.