Kiewit-Parsons wins Foothill Gold Line contract

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The Construction Authority Board of Directors of the Foothill Gold Line light rail extension from Glendora to Montclair awarded the main design-build contract of the project to Kiewit-Parsons, a Joint Venture.

The large project includes an $805.6 million base scope for the first nine miles of the project from Glendora to Pomona, with a two-year contract option to complete the full 12.3-mile project to Montclair for a total contract award of $1,186.9 million if additional funds are secured by September 2021.

According to Foothill Gold Line, the base scope includes all elements of design and construction for the first nine-mile segment, including relocation of the existing freight track, installation of the light rail track system, four new light rail stations (in Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne and Pomona), improvements at 40 grade crossings (nearly half with new or renovated bridges) and much more. The contract option would extend the work of the design-build team to complete the full 12.3-mile project to Montclair and add stations in Claremont and Montclair.

Kiewit and Parsons have a history of working together, including building the first two segments of the Foothill Gold Line project which were completed on time and under budget in 2003 and 2015 respectively.

Major construction will begin in 2020 and take approximately five years to complete to Pomona and eight years to complete to Montclair, if the contract option is activated.

It is estimated that during construction alone, the Foothill Gold Line project will create more than 16,000 jobs, $2.6 billion of economic output for the region, as well as $1 billion in labor income and $40 million in tax revenue (according to a study by Beacon Economics).

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