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210/gold Line Progress December 9, 2011

Significant progress has been made on the 210 bridge and now they’re working on the abutments. Below are southern abutment 18 and in the background you can see the walls under construction for the northern one. They should be pouring concrete and completing the 1st column! What you see in the picture on the right is a form that they’ll fill and re-use.

210a       210b

Later this month, the Construction Authority Board will consider an updated Financial Plan to reflect the current construction contract amounts for both the 210 Bridge and the Pasadena to Azusa Alignment. Although there is no change to the project budget overall – both contractors’ bids were within Authority estimates – the Financial Plan will be amended to allocate contingency amounts appropriately to each construction element.

Finally, progress continues to be made on acquisition of the maintenance and operations facility property. To date, terms have been agreed to with all but the one private property owner that has filed seven separate lawsuits related to the project. We continue with eminent domain for this property. Separately, the Construction Authority Board will consider a Hearing of Necessity for the city of Monrovia and the Monrovia Redevelopment Agency (MRA) land later this month. Although we are hopeful that the California Supreme Court’s upcoming decision regarding the continued existence of redevelopment agencies will allow us to move forward with the previously agreed-to terms; the scheduled hearing is a necessary step to provide possible options to maintain our overall project schedule should the court’s decision be unfavorable.

If you haven’t already seen it, Engineering New Record (ENR) published a story earlier this week about the final design for the I-210 Bridge and its “smart column” technology.

Thank you to Habib Balian with Foothill Extension for this information and pictures.


CA Facts March 23, 2010

I love history so I feel like I’m at a disadvantage knowing so little about the state I now live in. I can spout Texas knowledge pretty easily but California is a different story. Since I love history, it didn’t take me long to get a hold of some of these facts once I sought out the information.

  • Pacific Park, which is on Santa Monica Pier, has a vintage 1910 hand-carved merry-go-round which appeared in the movie The Sting which starred the gorgeous pair of Robert Redford and Paul
  • The LA County Fair (which I look forward to every year) that is held in Pomona boasted demos of orange toothpaste in 1922… yea, we’re really into our citrus!
  • San Bernardino County is the USA’s largest county with over 3 Million Acres… and it feels that way when you’re driving to Arizona, too!
  • The Avalon Hotel on Catalina Island was built as a home by author Zane Grey in 1926 and is where he spent much of his later life.
  • Dana Point was named after author Richard Dana who wrote the novel Two Years Before the Mast… is it just me or are we picking up on an author theme?
  • The Iron Door Saloon in Groveland says it’s the oldest place in the state serving drinks… since 1852… the Gold Rush didn’t bring alcohol out here sooner or did they all go under when the rush was over?
  • The 1st person to personally receive their Walk of Fame star was Joanne Woodward who was quite an actress in her own right but is best known as the love of Paul Newman’s life.
  • Not that we’d expect anything less from Hollywood but the 1st motion picture theatre opened in LA April 2, 1902… someone’s got a birthday coming up!
  • 1 out of 8 US residents live in CA… no one here is surprised by that fact!
  • Simi Valley is the home of the Ronald Reagan Library and Yorba Linda is home to the Richard Nixon Library.
  • Eureka! is the state motto and it’s Greek for “I’ve found it!” which alludes to the Gold Rush.
  • About 300,000 TONS of grapes are grown here each year… that’s a lot of wine!
  • Our Country’s highest and lowest points in the continental US are 100 miles away from each other… Mount Whitney’s peak and Badwater in Death Valley… 14,495 feet to 282 below sea level!

And, just as a side note, I learn more and more about Mr. Huntington each and every day. If you don’t know and you live within driving distance to Pasadena or Huntington Beach, you should really learn about this guy. He basically built Southern California. It’s really incredible!

Oh, and if you want to see more of CA for less, check out JetBlue’s sale that ends tomorrow!