Construction Authority Awards Design-Build Contract for Foothill Gold Line

The Foothill Gold Line light rail extension from Glendora to Montclair reached a major milestone on August 14th when the Construction Authority Board of Directors awarded the main design-build contract to Kiewit-Parsons, a Joint Venture. The awarded design-build contract includes an $805.6 million base scope for the first nine miles of the project from Glendora to Pomona, with a two-year contract option to complete the full 12.3-mile project to Montclair for a total contract award of $1,186.9 million if additional funds are secured by September 2021.
The base scope includes all elements of design and construction to extend the light rail system from where it terminates today at the APU/Citrus College Station in Azusa to the future station in Pomona, including relocation of the existing freight track, installation of the light rail track system, construction of four new light rail stations - in Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne and Pomona, improvements at 40 grade crossings (nearly half with new or renovated bridges) and much more. The contract option would extend the work of the design-build team to complete the full 12.3-mile project to Montclair and add stations in Claremont and Montclair.
The proposal by Kiewit-Parsons was deemed the best value for the agency following a nearly two-year procurement process. Their final proposal resulted in the team being ranked highest in all technical evaluation categories and providing the lowest bid price based on the formula set out in the RFP.
Kiewit and Parsons have teamed up dozens of times to complete design-build projects, including successfully building the first two segments of the Foothill Gold Line project which were completed on time and under budget in 2003 and 2015 respectively. They have designed and built hundreds of major infrastructure projects, and both are award-winning companies, providing world-renowned experience
With the contract award now made, the project will begin major construction in 2020 and take approximately five years to complete to Pomona and eight years to complete to Montclair, if the contract option is activated. It is estimated that during construction alone, the Foothill Gold Line project will create more than 16,000 jobs, $2.6 billion of economic output for the region, as well as $1 billion in labor income and $40 million in tax revenue (according to a study by Beacon Economics).
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