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Gold Line Work Going Ahead While It Fights Bad Legal Break

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The Gold Line Construction Authority isn't letting an unfortunate lawsuit outcome--and one based on erroneous facts, it claims--get it down. Last week, a judge reversed a previous decision that sided with the GLCA, this time ruling in favor of George Brokate, a local landowner who sued over the train's environmental impact report (it's one of many Gold Line suits brought by Brokate). Brokate claims the EIR's optional location for a maintenance facility, at Irwindale, wasn't a real alternative to the location ultimately chosen in Monrovia--the judge agreed last week, saying Irwindale wasn't a viable option because it wasn't along the Pasadena to Azusa route of the Gold Line. "In fact, the Irwindale site evaluated sits directly along the corridor, just west of the future Irwindale station," the GLCA said in an email blast today. "We feel confident that once the court realizes its misunderstanding, it will maintain its initial ruling in favor of the Authority's certified document." The construction authority has already filed an objection to the ruling, but it's not clear how long it might take for a judge to admit it if she did goof.

Meanwhile, it sounds like the GLCA is not slowing down in light of last week's decision, rolling forward with the basket bridge it's building over the 210 in Arcadia. Many of the columns for the bridge are already built and preparations are now underway for the actual bridge to go up. "In the coming weeks, installation of the falsework will begin," according to the GLCA. "This activity will take a number of weeks to complete, and will require up to 20 late-night closures of all eastbound lanes of the I-210 Freeway. Some closures will occur on consecutive nights, and all will take place starting at Midnight with lanes reopening by 5:00 a.m."

Work along the line is also moving forward. "Kiewit Parsons [is] initiating alignment design and pre-construction activities which are now underway. This includes surveying, geotechnical work and utility locating activities all along the 11.5-mile corridor."
· Gold Line Foothill Extension [Official Site]
· Gold Line Foothill Extension Archives [Curbed LA]