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LA Foothill Gold Line panel awards light-rail design-build contract

The Foothill Gold Line's 9-mile light-rail extension is scheduled to begin major construction in 2020.
Photo – Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority


The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority board yesterday awarded a contract to a Kiewit-Parsons joint venture to design and build a 9-mile segment of the Foothill Gold Line light-rail extension from Glendora to Pomona, California. 

The $805.6 million contract includes relocation of existing freight track, track installation, 40 grade crossing improvements and construction of four light-rail stations in Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne and Pomona, authority officials said in a press release. 

The project is being funded by Los Angeles County’s Measure M funds and with residual Measure R funds not used to complete the Pasadena to Azusa light-rail segment. In addition, funding will come from a grant through a state transit and intercity rail capital program. 

The contract also includes a two-year option to complete the full 12.3-mile project to Montclair and add stations in Claremont and Montclair. If the authority secures additional funding from San Bernardino County by September 2021, the contract would amount to nearly $1.2 billion.

The project is scheduled to begin major construction in 2020 and take five years to complete to Pomona and eight years to complete to Montclair, if the contract option is activated. 

Kiewit-Parsons completed the first two segments of the Foothill Gold Line on time and under budget in 2003 and 2015, authority officials said.

The Foothill Gold Line is one of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's 28 priority projects to be completed before the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

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