Foothill Gold Line Update: Glendora to Montclair Update
Ahead of the upcoming October groundbreaking, crews are out this week conducting geologic tests at key locations along the Glendora to Montclair extension to evaluate soil conditions. This work is part of the on-going effort underway to prepare the $1.3 billion project for construction, including finalizing the advanced conceptual engineering with our partner cities and other key stakeholders. The photos below show the crew collecting soil data with 100-foot deep borings in Glendora, near the Grand Avenue/Foothill Boulevard intersection (left) and Lone Hill Avenue (right). These are two of the two dozen locations along the future project where structures will likely be built or renovated.
At their meeting last night, the Construction Authority board of directors reviewed and approved an updated schedule and workplan for the Glendora to Montclair project. The updated schedule is based on the extensive planning done to date, and a more complete understanding that the next segment is really two major construction projects in one – with the freight and Metrolink relocations occurring first, and then the light rail system construction. The updated schedule forecasts substantial completion in late-2025/early-2026, two years later than the preliminary schedule (developed and approved earlier in the planning process) and also includes the Construction Authority spending the first year of work relocating utilities and conducting other pre-construction activities. As part of the review last night, the board also approved an updated project estimate, which confirmed the construction costs in the 2015 estimate remain accurate. The updated estimate includes an increase of $118 million, attributable to the costs associated with two more years of work, escalation and new prevailing and minimum wage laws. The overall scope remains consistent.
We anticipate hiring the Alignment design-build contractor in late 2018. At that time, the schedule and estimate will once again be reviewed in response to the final bid and workplan.
The Journey Continues,
Habib F. Balian