Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority Board awards design-build contract for Glendora to Montclair Light Rail Extension

Aug. 15, 2019
The award will complete the first nine-mile segment to Pomona for $805.6 million with an option to extend to Montclair if additional funding is secured by September 2021.

The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority Board of Directors awarded the main design-build contract for the Foothill Gold Line light rail extension to Kiewit-Parsons, a Joint Venture, which 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 amount of $1,186.9 million if additional funds are secured by September 2021.

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. 

“This team presented the best of both worlds; the top ranked team in all technical categories and the lowest bid price based on the formula set out in the RFP for the base scope to Pomona and contract option to Montclair,” said Construction Authority Board Chairman and Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval. “I am happy with the outcome and the selected team and applaud the significant effort staff at the authority put into conducting this procurement. Ultimately, we had two excellent teams vying for this important project, and the best proposal won.”

Kiewit and Parsons have teamed up dozens of times in the last two decades to complete design-build projects, including successfully building the first two segments of the Foothill Gold Line project which were completed on time and under budget in 2003 and 2015 respectively. They have designed and built hundreds of major infrastructure projects in the last fifty years.

"Kiewit and Parsons both enjoy a long-time relationship with the construction authority, having both worked with the agency since 1999 when we began design on Phase 1 from Union Station to Pasadena,” said Steve McFadden, Area Manager Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. “It is an honor to be chosen to continue that work east and to have a chance to work again with the hard-working and dedicated team at the construction authority."

The Foothill Gold Line was the first Measure M-funded light rail project to break ground and is named as one of L.A. Metro’s 28 priority projects to be completed before the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. In the last 10 months following the construction authority receiving bids from all four teams initially competing for the project that were hundreds of millions of dollars above the funding secured, L.A. Metro has worked collaboratively with the construction authority to ensure the project would move forward and that the design-build contract could be awarded.