Gold Line Bridge Construction to Begin Next Week

Lane closures are expected while the bridge's foundations are drilled and cast.

Have you seen the large drill rig and crane being assembled on the 210 freeway?

Foundation work on the new Gold Line Bridge is drawing near, and construction will likely begin early next week. The bridge will ultimately span 584 feet across the eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway between Baldwin and Santa Anita Aves.

Three 110-foot-deep, 11-foot-in-diameter foundations will be drilled in this location over the next four weeks. One will be constructed on the south side of the eastbound lane, while two others will be constructed in the center median of the freeway.

It will take approximately six days to drill and cast each foundation.

“We anticipate drilling the first foundation next week, followed by the installation of the reinforcing steel cage, concrete placement and testing the following week,” said Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority CEO Habib Balian in a statement.

The exact drilling schedule is still awaiting approval from Caltrans. Partial and full closures of the 210 eastbound lanes are anticipated, but will likely occur overnight.

The MGLFEC anticipates that bridge construction will be completed in July 2012.

The bridge will serve as a replacement for one that was removed after an earthquake in 1994. It will ultimately connect the Sierra Madre Villa Station and a new Arcadia station. Skanska USA is the design team.

Stephen McCarthy August 31, 2011 at 02:10 PM
So, will the freeway need closing? Will this be Autodammerung for the SGV? Bet the westside dominated newsies won't even cover it! At least we're seeing actual work being done. Now, maybe the local Pols will stop posturing and get the deal for the yard done.
Dave Sparks August 31, 2011 at 05:10 PM
Wow, that is one UGLY bridge. Looks like they dug up an abandoned Disneyland Monorail design from 50 years ago.
Bob Dollins September 01, 2011 at 12:42 AM
Hey, has everyone forgot that the AT&SF Railroad already had a bridge spanning the 210 Fwy at this location and it was taken down for some reason when the Gold Line was put in. Why was this bridge removed when the powers that be knew a light rail system was being planned using the exact same right of way? Just imagine how much time and money could have been saved it that bridge had not been removed. Ah yes, this is why most light-rail systems are black holes for politicians and bureaucrats to shovel money into. Just look at the absolute boondoggle the CA high-speed rail project has become. Comments anyone?
Tom Adams September 01, 2011 at 01:28 AM
I was told that the bridge that used to carry heavy rail loads was not sufficient to carry the light rail loads.
E Vel September 01, 2011 at 01:30 AM
Too bad about the UGLY hand grenade bridge.
Stephen McCarthy September 01, 2011 at 05:13 AM
hmmm, if the end things lit up, or better yet, spewed fire when a train went across, THAT would make it cool!
Stephen McCarthy September 01, 2011 at 05:18 AM
As far as the old bridge, yeah, shame they had to tear it down, but it was set up for single track. The Gold Line is double track and would not fit. The necessary concrete to widen it could not be supported by the pylons that were there. It's not a question of supporting the lighter trains, but of being able to support itself. AND it needed a BUNCH of earthquake retro-fit. Actually cheaper (and safer) to do it this way.


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