Gold Line Update Oct. 7, 2021
Progress on the four-station Foothill Gold Line light rail project from Glendora to Pomona is easily seen throughout the 9.1-mile corridor. More than half of the at-grade crossings have completed major reconstruction and work has started on the three of the four new light rail bridges that will take light rail trains over major streets (three in Glendora and one in San Dimas). The freight track relocation is nearing completion, and light rail track and OCS installation will be starting soon.
Bonita Ave./Cataract Ave. Bridge Work Starts: Just a few weeks ago, crews closed the intersection of Bonita Ave. and Cataract Ave. in the City of San Dimas for five days to complete initial crossing reconstruction. At that crossing, the freight track needed to be relocated, and some utility work completed underground, before the light rail bridge construction could begin in earnest.
This is one of four major streets/intersections along the Glendora to Pomona project segment where the California Public Utilities Commission is requiring the project build a bridge for the light rail system. Now that the freight system is out of the way, crews are underway building the bridge abutments on both sides of the intersection.
Grade Crossing Update: In September, the Loraine Ave. and Vermont Ave. crossings in Glendora reopened to motorists and pedestrians after undergoing extensive reconstruction. Crews completed underground utility work; rebuilt the roadways, curbs, gutters, sidewalks and medians; installed two new light rail tracks; completed work on the relocated freight track; and installed a host of safety improvements. When Vermont Ave. reopened late in the month, it marked12 of the 21 at-grade crossings that had undergone reconstruction and reopened to the public.
Underway now are Pasadena Ave. and Elwood Ave.in Glendora, Cataract Ave. and Walnut Ave. in San Dimas, and D St. in La Verne. For Elwood Ave., the current closure is the second for the street. Throughout the next year, crews will need to revisit several other grade crossings that have already undergone major reconstruction and reopened, but still have remaining activities that require a second short street closure. Of the 21 at-grade crossings on the project, only the following five will require short second closures:
- Elwood Ave. in Glendora (underway now)
- Walnut Ave. in San Dimas
- Wheeler Ave. and E St. in La Verne
- Fulton Rd. in La Verne/Pomona
At all of these grade crossings (except for Elwood Ave.), second closures are necessary to finish the freight track relocation. A temporary freight track was installed during the initial work at these locations to allow freight service to be maintained without interruption as crews completed other activities. When ready, crews will return to each crossing to remove the temporary freight track, realign the freight onto the new relocated track, install the second light rail track and complete the remaining safety improvements.
Rail Delivery Train: In late August, a 2,000-foot-long rail delivery train, carrying 50 rail sticks, made its way through Glendora, San Dimas and La Verne to offload rail at various locations. The rail sticks, each measuring 1,600 feet long and weighing over 61,000 pounds, will be used to build out the light rail tracks and complete the relocated freight track.
Project-wide, nearly 266,000 feet of rail will be installed. This was the second of three rail deliveries for the project. A third and final rail delivery is anticipated by the end of this year.
Other Bridge Work Highlights: Work is underway on nearly all of the19 bridges to be built or renovated as part of the project. In Glendora this past month, crews have been making progress on bridge work over San Dimas Wash, Route 66 and the Foothill Blvd./Grand Ave. intersection.
At the San Dimas Wash, crews recently installed four concrete girders for the new light rail bridge. This new bridge will carry eastbound and westbound trains over the channel. The adjacent relocated freight bridge was already completed and is ready for use by freight trains.
Additionally, alongside the existing freight bridge over Route 66 in Glendora (which will remain intact), crews have begun building the foundations for the new light rail bridge. In late November, a ten-day full closure of Route 66 at the bridge will take place to allow crews to complete work on the bridge foundations. More information will be available for that closure soon.
Finally, in La Verne and Pomona crews have made significant progress on the new at Live Oak Wash and the Thompson Creek channel. As seen in the photo below, left, crews recently started working on the bridges over Live Oak Wash and on the right crews are constructing the foundations and bridge deck for the Thompson Creek bridge. The Thompson Creek bridge will be an extension of the existing channel structure that currently carries a temporary freight track. In the future, crews will remove the temporary freight track and install the westbound light rail track in its place. At that time, the freight track will be relocated onto a separate bridge structure to the north that was recently completed.
Freight Track Relocation Underway San Dimas to Pomona - With the successful relocation of the freight track throughout the City of Glendora, crews are now focused on relocating the remainder of the freight track in San Dimas, La Verne and Pomona. Recently, as seen in the photo below, crews have been installing the relocated freight track through La Verne. Overall, the freight track relocation work is more than halfway complete and is anticipated to be ongoing through the end of the year. Light rail construction is anticipated to start soon in Glendora.
SAVE THE DATE: Scoping Meeting for Supplemental EIR-On October 26, 2021 the Construction Authority will be hosting a virtual scoping meeting to discuss potential Project Modifications that include a change to the proposed parking location for the San Dimas Station. During the meeting, the Construction Authority will seek input regarding the scope and content of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) that will be prepared pursuant to CEQA to analyze the potential environmental impacts of the Project Modifications.
SAVE THE DATE: Scoping Meeting for Supplemental EIR On Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, the Construction Authority will be hosting a virtual scoping meeting to discuss potential Project Modifications that include a change to the proposed parking location for the San Dimas Station. During the meeting, the Construction Authority will seek input regarding the scope and content of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) that will be prepared pursuant to CEQA to analyze the potential environmental impacts of the Project Modifications.
More information will be available soon at foothillgoldline.org.
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