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9/5/2012



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Metro Gold Line extension authority completes structural bridge work


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Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority officials announced Aug. 31 that all structural work on California’s Interstate-210 Gold Line Bridge has been completed.

The announcement follows the recent completion of internal strengthening of the structure through the tensioning of supportive steel bands and grouting of all internal ducts, which were the last steps in the process to complete structural elements of the 584-linear foot, $18.6 million rail bridge, authority officials said in a prepared statement.

“The bridge can now stand on its own,” said Habib Balian, the construction authority’s chief executive officer. “This is an important milestone in our progress to complete the bridge.”

Now that the structure is fully secure, a temporary support structure will be removed during the next six weeks. The work will be performed by Skanska USA.

“The removal of the falsework is even more challenging than the installation,” said Balian. “When Skanska installed the support structure there was nothing around. Now, they need to work around the bridge, as well as over an active freeway.”



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