California City Moving Utilities Underground for Light Rail

A portion of utilities in San Dimas, Calif., will be moved underground to make way for light rail extension that will connect the city to Los Angeles’ metro system.

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The plan approved by the San Dimas City Council will place utility grounds below ground along San Dimas Avenue, at an estimated cost of $900,000. City Public Works staff coordinated with Southern California Edison to develop the plan to accommodate the extension of the Foothill Gold Line.

City Manager Blaine Michaelis said he expects a request for bids to be issued in late July, and a contract award in September, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reported.

San Dimas is located along a 12.3-mile extension of the $1.5 billion Foothill Gold Line extension from Glendora to Montclair, which broke ground in December 2017. The first few years of the project is being used to relocate and protect strategic utilities, conduct other pre-construction activities, hire the design-build team and finalize design, according to its construction authority. Major construction is expected to start in early 2020 and last about six years

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