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MONROVIA, CALIFORNIA - With two prominent "basket" columns and a curve-shaped underside of the superstructure, Andrew Leicester's design recognizes the region's original American Indian inhabitants and the important role they played in the development of the San Gabriel Valley.
Gateway to the San Gabriel Valley
The I-210 Gold Line Bridge, which will one day serve as the "Gateway to the San Gabriel Valley," moved closer to completion with the approval of its final design by Caltrans and the Construction Authority, the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority announced on Wednesday. The bridge is the first component of the 11.5 mile Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa to advance from the design phase to the construction phase.
The original concept for the bridge design was envisioned by internationally recognized and award winning artist Andrew Leicester, selected to be the project's Design Concept Advisor following a competitive, international search.
"We started this design process with an exciting artist's concept paying homage to the region's historic Native American basket-weaving tradition," said Habib F. Balian, CEO for the Construction Authority. "That vision has moved from concept to design over the last year, and the bridge's final design has improved through that process."
The $18.6 million bridge, which has been undergoing design and pre-construction since August 2010, is being built by Skanska USA, the design-build contractor. Since the contract was awarded last year, the Construction Authority and Skanska's primary design subcontractor (AECOM) have been working with Caltrans and Metro to integrate their different design standards into the structural and aesthetics design for the bridge, going through multiple design submittals with increasing level of detail.
"The bridge is the most visible element of the Foothill Extension project, and we wanted to utilize that prominence to create a true gateway to the San Gabriel Valley," said Doug Tessitor, Construction Authority board chairman and Glendora mayor. "The details on the bridge are representative of the rich and proud heritage of the region and will become an important marker for future generations as they enter the Valley by train or car."
In addition to the unique design elements, AECOM is integrating Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) technology that has never been used before in bridge foundations. This technology can help assess any damage following an earthquake. The reinforcing steel cages that strengthen the bridge's 110 foot deep, 11 foot diameter major foundations include wiring placed into the structures that will be able to provide electrical feedback when signals are transmitted down the columns to identify any damage. This "smart column" technology will allow engineers to make an initial assessment regarding the integrity of the columns' structures electronically rather than relying on the traditional method of digging trenches adjacent to areas where engineers suspect damage could be found.
"The engineers had a true challenge in making the design a reality," said Balian. "Caltrans required a bridge that can withstand a significant earthquake, Metro added that the structure needs to be operational the day after an event, and the Authority wanted to create an attractive gateway to the San Gabriel Valley. Andrew Leicester and the engineering team met all of these challenges to create a bridge design that will become a recognized, iconic feature for the region."
posted November 17, 2011 7:20 am est
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