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Construction Update and Picture of the Week

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A view of the Mountain Ave grade crossing, which reopened north of Duarte Rd earlier this week after several months of closure. Mountain Ave south of Duarte Rd will be closed for several more months to complete realignment of the intersection.

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August 28th, 2014
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Construction Update and Picture of the Week

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Hoists are being set into place at the heavy repair bay within the main campus building at the Gold Line Operations Campus.

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August 22nd, 2014
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Construction Update and Picture of the Week

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Crews have begun installing messenger wire onto the OCS (Overhead Catenary System) along the center median of the I-210 Freeway.

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August 15th, 2014
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Glendora to recruit Gold Line station art committee – Los Angeles Register

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The following article appeared in the Los Angeles Register on August 14, 2014.

Glendora to recruit Gold Line station art committee – Los Angeles Register

By Anna Iliff

August 14, 2014

GLENDORA – The City Council gave the green light Tuesday to begin recruitment for a five-member committee to oversee the design and art for the city’s Metro Gold Line Station.

Construction hasn’t been scheduled but will be part of the Gold Line’s Foothill Extension Phase 2B project, which includes a 12-mile stretch from Azusa to Montclair.

“Optimistically, we could begin construction in 2017, assuming the funding becomes available,” said Albert Ho, a representative from the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority.

The committee will include a representative from the Glendora Planning Commission, a member of the Glendora Station Community Homeowners Association, one resident who lives north of Route 66, one who lives south of Route 66 and a city staff member.

This is the second Metro Gold Line Glendora Station Design and Art Review Committee. The original committee operated from 2004 to 2007 and consisted of eight community members who selected the station artist and developed initial design concepts.

Initial design ideas include vibrant tile mosaics and benches that highlight the city’s historic citrus industry background.

Council members said the new committee expand and freshen up existing design concepts, select a color palette, look at betterment opportunities and work with station artist Michael Hillman to further artistic development.

The city will begin recruitment this fall and plans to make an official selection in October.

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August 15th, 2014
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Construction Update and Picture of the Week

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Last night, crews lifted and placed the first of several steel girders onto the bridge structure over the intersection of Huntington Dr and Second Ave in Arcadia.

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August 9th, 2014
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Downtown Arcadia intersection at Huntington and Second will be closed for Gold Line construction – Pasadena Star-News

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The following article appeared in the Pasadena Star-News on August 6, 2014.

Downtown Arcadia intersection at Huntington and Second will be closed for Gold Line construction – Pasadena Star-News

Construction signs at the intersection of Huntington Drive and Second Ave in Arcadia, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

By Hugo Guzman

August 6, 2014

ARCADIA>> Beginning Friday. officials plan to close the intersection of Huntington Drive and Second Avenue to refurbish an iconic and decades-old railroad bridge over a four-day period.

Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension construction crews will work round-the-clock, but won’t immediately complete the work. That will be done during six weeks of night-time closures.

All-day closures will begin on Friday at midnight and end Tuesday at 6 a.m. The next six weeks of night-time closures will begin on that Tuesday night, and will run Sundays through Thursdays, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Far from being angry or upset local business owners said they were excited.

“The bridge has always been an eyesore,” said James Jackson, manager of Helen’s Cycles.

He said the construction work is a welcome sight, and the prospect of worse traffic is a small price to pay.

Employee Scott Sing agreed with him, saying that the Metro might be worth it. “I know a lot of people are waiting for it.”

During the closures, cars and pedestrians trying to cross the intersection will need to follow detours.

This work is part of the 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project. The project seeks to extend the Metro Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa, along the foothills.

The first phase of construction will install the bridge girders, while Phase Two will install cross beams and deck steel.

After construction of the bridge is complete, communications and other systems will be added. However, these installations are not expected to cause further closures, said Lisa Levy Buch, director of public affairs for the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority.

According to Buch, the project is on-track for completion in September 2015. The extension project has taken four years to complete, and more than $1 billion. The bridge completion will be the final step of construction.

“It’s a pretty big milestone for us, to get this far in the project,” Buch said.

Locals are optimistic.

Connecting Arcadia and downtown Los Angeles was also a big excitement for local resident Sy Rosell. Rosell plans on making use of the Gold Line Extension to travel to Los Angeles.

”There might be a show down there, and I might not want to drive down,” Rosell said.

Matt McSweeny, owner of Matt Denny’s Ale House, is advising his employees on how to adapt to the changes. Many of them live east of the closure, and will have to deal with detours. However, he is confident that the project will help Arcadia, despite the difficulties.

“This is part of the deal,” McSweeny said. “It’s going to be better after this.”

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August 7th, 2014
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Monrovia to make new Gold Line station a community hub – Los Angeles Register

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The following article appeared in the Los Angeles Register on August 5, 2014.

Monrovia to make new Gold Line station a community hub – Los Angeles Register

By America Hernandez

August 5, 2014

MONROVIA – A new community park, outdoor amphitheater and apartment complex built around the upcoming Metro Gold Line Myrtle stop will be open to the public by the end of 2015, in what city officials call the biggest infrastructure project in Monrovia history.

“Station Square will be a hub for community events, outdoor concerts, and a gathering place for commuters to sit, have a bite, and enjoy the space,” said Alexis Bakofsky, Monrovia’s public information officer. “We really want people to step off the train and arrive at a destination.”

The Station Square project, funded by $25 million in grants and outside funding, will break ground Sept. 1 after Monrovia city council awards the construction contract later this month.

The project is broken down into four main parts. As soon as commuters step off the Gold Line at Duarte Road and Myrtle Avenue, they will enter the Transit Plaza, which houses bicycle racks and bus shelters, as well as planted trees for shade.

The plaza feeds directly into a long walkway called the Depot Promenade, which runs along the city’s historic Santa Fe Depot where the railroad used to stop.

The depot itself is closed to the public, but officials hope enough money will be left over from the project to renovate the space and install a cafe or similar offering.

“City Council is passionate about restoration of the depot, which links Monrovia’s transit past to the present, but we won’t know about funding until we get bids from contractors,” Bakofsky said.

The promenade, which features benches and gathering spots along the walkway, will lead to a new neighborhood park at the corner of the intersection.

The planned park, which is a large concrete expanse, will be grassy and feature a children’s playground made of sustainable materials, as well as an outdoor amphitheater and public restrooms.

“We’re working very hard with our community services department to make sure we build infrastructure that will support different types of activities, from yoga to a farmer’s market to outdoor concerts,” said Bakofsky.

In addition to the onsite construction, the project will also involve off-site repairs like freeway beautification, landscaping, and fixing roadways, sidewalks, and medians.

The city also has several properties on sale across the street from Station Square it hopes will be developed into commercial spaces. Residential developer Samuelson and Fetter has already planned a 261-unit apartment complex adjacent to the Metro stop.

Monrovia officials expect construction to be completed by the end of 2015, the same time the Gold Line will be finished and tested by Metro. The Gold Line extension itself will be operational in early 2016. About $25 million in grants and local funding will finance the plan.

“This project is decades in the making,” Bakofsky said of Station Square. “Thanks to a combination of federal and state grants, money from Metro and the Construction Authority, Monrovia will not go out of pocket to fund it.”

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August 6th, 2014
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Construction Update and Picture of the Week

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Progress continues inside and outside the Main Shop at the Gold Line Operations Campus.

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August 1st, 2014
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Gold Line on schedule, on budget for Azusa extension – Los Angeles Register

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The following article appeared in the Los Angeles Register on July 24, 2014.

Gold Line on schedule, on budget for Azusa extension – Los Angeles Register

Photo by Anibal Ortiz, Los Angeles Register Staff Photographer

By America Hernandez

July 24, 2014

The Pasadena-to-Azusa segment of the Metro Gold Line Foothill extension is working toward completion.

The 11.5-mile extension, which began construction in June 2010, will add six Gold Line stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and downtown Azusa, terminating near Azusa Pacific University and Citrus College.

“The construction is happening in layers, and very soon, it will look almost done,” said Lisa Levy Buch, director of public affairs for the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority.

“A lot of what’s left involves the overhead system that electrifies the train, and the communication system between stations,” Buch said.

The billion-dollar project will be handed over to Metro for testing and opening in September 2015.

The Metro Gold Line, which began operating in 2003, serves 1.1 million riders every monthtraveling between East Los Angeles and Pasadena, Metro data show. The line proved so popular that Metro added train cars in 2009 and extended hours to 2 a.m. on Saturdays to meet demand, officials said.

Now, cities along the Foothill extension corridor hope the new stations will jump-start business and development in their areas. Most stops are within walking distance of popular destinations, such as the L.A. Arboretum, the Santa Anita racetrack and City of Hope medical center.

Every station will have bicycle spaces, lockers and car parking, and each city has selected artists who are creating custom designs to be used in the terminals.

The construction authority completed a study in 2010 that found 1,200 acres of opportunity sites that could accommodate 3 million square feet of retail space, 7.5 million square feet of office space and room for 17,000 housing units along the project’s corridor.

A second extension, which will reach Montclair in San Bernardino County and may connect to Ontario Airport, will be ready for construction in 2017 and could be finished by 2022 if Metro provides funding.

The project would add stops in Glendora, La Verne, Pomona and Claremont, while San Bernardino funds and builds the last mile of the track to Montclair. The Ontario Airport connection, if approved and funded by that city’s transportation authority, would be completed around 2035.

Nicknamed “the brain train” because of the many colleges within walking distance of each stop, the Azusa-to-Claremont extension will be 12.5 miles long and require an additional $1 billion to build.

It is unclear where the money will come from. Even though the second extension was included in the Measure R transportation tax and given a first priority status for any new funding, Metro has left the project off its 10-year Short Range building plan.

Under current legislation it has no funds set aside for the next 30 years.

The Metro board met Thursday to discuss short- and long-term building plans. The second Foothill extension was not allocated any money, despite letters from local governments, senators and Assembly members.

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July 26th, 2014
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Construction Update and Picture of the Week

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Roof tile installation is taking place at the Duarte/City of Hope station.

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July 25th, 2014
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