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Gold Line Extension About to Go Into Bridge-Building Overdrive

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As work wraps up on the Gold Line Foothill Extension's basket bridge over the 210, the light rail's construction authority clues us in to the work that will happen next. Apparently, 17 existing bridges must be altered or completely replaced to make way for dual light rail tracks. The first bridge will be the early-twentieth century San Gabriel River Bridge, where workers just removed lead paint. Soon it will go boom and a new bridge will go up in its place. Single track bridges in Azusa, at Palm Drive and Citrus Avenue, will be renovated before a new single track bridge is built right next to them--the updated bridge will be able to support two light rail tracks and one freight track. Hopefully, work will start on the stations soon as they're hoping for an opening in 2015 or '16. The construction authority's CEO notes in his update that the authority's board endorsed Measure J even though the ballot measure, which could extend the Measure R transportation tax and advance millions for transit and freeway projects, doesn't provide money for a second Foothill extension into Claremont.
· Gold Line Foothill Extension [Official Site]
· Gold Line Foothill Extension Archives [Curbed LA]