Construction crews building an 11-1/2 mile stretch of new light rails tracks Saturday announced they have finished building 14 street- level railroad crossings in the San Gabriel Valley.
That puts an end to the heavy construction, road closing and inconveniences along the Gold Line extension, parallel to the Foothill (210) Freeway from Sierra Madre Village east to Duarte and Monrovia.
The final road construction wrapped up this weekend at Mountain Avenue, on the city boundary between Duarte and Monrovia.
The construction ended three months ahead of schedule. The line is being built by a special intergovernmental agency, part of a $2 billion project to add 12 stations to the line, which reaches west to Pasadena and Los Angeles, before curving back southeast to East Los Angeles.
Another $1 billion is being sought to build the northern leg of the Gold Line east to Montclair, and studies are underway on extending the southern leg to either Whittier or South El Monte.
Other agencies are also building the Expo Line extension west from Culver City to Santa Monica, a new line from Midcity Los Angeles through Leimert Park and Inglewood to near LAX, and a downtown tunnel that will connect the east and west sides of the rail system.
—City News Service