Metro Gold Line light rail bridge over Interstate 210 near Arcadia. 584 ft long. 115 ft wide. 255,000 vehicles pass under the bridge daily. Materials: 6,500 cu yards concrete and steel reinforcement. Cost: $16.8 million.
Andrew Leicester was hired prior to the bridge design. Leicester worked with the Authority over one year developing the concept with numerous community feed back. Approved concept was then engineered by AECOM and put out for bids. Skanska USA was awarded the contract.
Leicester worked closely with the Construction Authority, AECOM and Skanska in all phases of the design and construction including the lighting and landscaping. The bridge has won six national awards for its design and construction.
The baskets pay tribute to the indigenous Native American inhabitants of the San Gabriel Valley and the growth of agriculture as a major industry. The bridge superstructures references the Western Diamond back snake native to the nearby mountains.
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