The most distinctive bridge in Southern California is nearing completion, and we would like to encourage your coverage of what will be the largest, single public art transit infrastructure project in California.
Anchored by two 25-foot tall concrete baskets that pay tribute to the indigenous peoples of the San Gabriel Valley and the oversize iconic roadside traditions of nearby Route 66, the Gold Line Bridge over the I-210 freeway northeast of Los Angeles, in Arcadia, will be the new Gateway to the San Gabriel Valley when it is completed next month.
Vital Link in One of the Region's Largest and Most Important Transit Projects
- The on-time and on-budget Gold Line Bridge is the first element of the 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa to be completed by the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority
- More than 92 percent of the materials used to make the bridge were domestic, nearly all from local and regional sources
- The LAEDC estimates that the Foothill Extension from Pasadena to Azusa will generate nearly 7,000 new jobs (2,600 in construction) and $1 billion in economic output for the region over its construction period (construction completion is anticipated in late 2015).
National Competition Produced Gold Line Bridge Design
- A national artist competition led to the selection of renowned public artist Andrew Leicester to create the bridge's landmark design. The selection was made by a committee of community stakeholders from throughout the Foothill Extension's corridor, following receipt of 15 submissions by highly qualified public artists.
- Mr. Leicester's vision for the bridge drove the design and engineering process – the first time such a process has been used on Caltrans infrastructure project.
- In addition to the two large concrete baskets, the bridge's featured serpentine design on the main underbelly of the bridge simulates the patterns found on the Western Diamondback snake, metaphorically referencing the spine of the transit system.
To learn more and see images of the bridge, please visit: http://www.foothillextension.org/news/media-resources/.
To arrange a tour and/or interviews with the artist, architects and others, please contact Jennifer Wonnacott, 818-760-2121,