Gold Line Construction Updates
Gladstone St. Grade Crossing Reopens
The Gladstone St. grade crossing reopened to the public on Nov. 25. During the four-month reconstruction effort, the crossing was made safer and more efficient. Additionally, crews upgraded and relocated (or protected) underground utilities, and the two new light rail tracks and the new freight track were installed. Before the street was opened to the public, the roadway, curbs, gutters, sidewalks and surrounding driveways were rebuilt. More work is still needed to complete the crossing, but the street will not be closed again.
Progress Continues at Three Grade CrossingsWork is underway to reconstruct three grade crossings: Barranca Ave. and Glendora Ave. in Glendora, and Wheeler Ave. in La Verne. Crews at all three grade crossings continue to relocate and protect underground utilities, as well as install infrastructure for the freight and light rail systems.
At the Barranca Ave. crossing, crews are building a new storm drain, as well as installing crossing gate foundations and duct banks that will house the communications and power lines.
At the Glendora Ave. crossing, Frontier Communications completed the relocation and protection of the underground fiber lines, as well as the safe removal of fiber line conduits containing asbestos.
Nearby, between the crossings at Glendora Ave. and Vermont Ave., crews have begun excavating for a pedestrian under crossing that will provide access to the future Glendora station platform. To see where the pedestrian undercrossing will be located, click here to view the Glendora Station site plan (PDF file size approx. 2 MB).
Finally, at Wheeler Ave., crews are installing crossing gate foundations, building foundations for new traffic signals at the Wheeler Ave./Arrow Hwy. intersection, relocating and protecting underground utilities and installing underground conduit that will provide power for the new traffic signals.
Corridor ActivitiesAlong the corridor in Glendora, crews are currently using a specialized rail cutting machine to remove the existing freight track piece by piece, as well as removing and bundling the old wooden track ties. The freight track will be replaced and relocated to make room for the future light rail system.
Project Update VideoTo see more of these and other activities that took place this past month, click here or below to watch the December 2020 project highlight video.
2020: A Year in Review
When building a $1.2 billion project through four cities, challenges are expected; but a pandemic...
Despite it all, significant progress was made in 2020. Thanks in large part to the dedication and hard work of the teams at the Construction Authority, KPJV, the corridor cities and the other project partners (LA Metro and other third party agencies) – from home and in the field – the Foothill Gold Line had an impressive year. Below is a summary of some highlights.
Project office opens in Glendora for Construction Authority, KPJV and communityIn January, the KPJV team and many of the Construction Authority's team moved into the new project office in Glendora, allowing both staffs to work side by side. The office was also open to community members who wanted to speak directly with staff and get information about the project or construction. NOTE: The office is currently closed to the public until further notice, but you can still get your questions answered via email or phone (see contact information on the right sidebar, below the table of contents of this e-news).
Construction Authority Hosts Community Open HousesHundreds of residents and stakeholders attended the community open houses in March. Information was provided about what to expect with major construction, along with details about the final design for the project. While the fourth and last community open house was canceled in San Dimas due to COVID-19, the three other open houses were able to take place (in Glendora, La Verne and Pomona), and all of the information presented at the open houses was made available online. To view the information boards presented at the community open houses, click here (PDF file size approx. 22 MB).
Construction Authority and KPJV Staff Begin Working from Home to Keep Project MovingDespite the COVID-19 restrictions, Construction Authority and KPJV staffs were able to adapt quickly to working together virtually, allowing work on the project design to continue advancing in preparation for the beginning of major construction. Because building the Foothill Gold Line project is considered an essential activity, KPJV crews were able to continue pre-construction activities out in the field.
Major Construction Begins Ahead of ScheduleMajor construction began in mid-July, starting with the reconstruction of the Gladstone St. grade crossing in San Dimas. Gladstone was followed by three additional grade crossings in Glendora (Barranca Ave. and Glendora Ave.) and La Verne (Wheeler Ave.). These four crossings were under construction through much of the fall and winter.
In August, the Construction Authority launched a new interactive construction map page on the project website. The map page is a one-stop destination for all of the project’s construction-related information, keeping residents, businesses and interested stakeholders updated on where construction is active and areas to avoid due to long-term street closures. To see the interactive map page (which is mobile-friendly), visit www.foothillgoldline.org.
Finally, this month, crews are completing the clearing of the corridor of vegetation and removing the existing freight track (which will be replaced and relocated within the rail corridor to make room for the future light rail system).
As part of the crossing reconstruction at Gladstone St in San Dimas, two new light rail tracks are now installed through the crossing – an exciting end to 2020 and a precursor to what is to come in 2021.