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.