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The Foothill Gold Line Extension project is off to a solid start. The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority has already completed the $2.6 million utility relocation project, finishing a head of schedule and under budget. This is the first of three contracts to be completed over the life of the project, which will ultimately add six stations to the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair with new Metro Gold Line stations in the cities of Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont and Montclair.

W.A. Rasic Construction Co. managed the utility-relocation, relocating and protecting sewer and water lines through the railway corridor. “W.A. Rasic Construction Co. did an exceptional job managing the project and getting the work done within their contract period,” Albert Ho of the Foothill Gold Line project and the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, tells GlobeSt.com. CEO Habib F. Balian adds, “W.A. Rasic Construction completed the Utility Relocation contract, which resulted in the relocation and/or protection over the past 11 months of a dozen strategically-located water and sewer lines that cross the railroad corridor. These lines were identified for this early work to reduce risk for the main, Alignment design-build contractor; and I am pleased to report that Rasic completed their work two months ahead of schedule and on budget.”

Measure M funds are financing the majority of the project with less than $100 million in funding from Measure R. The project in general as well as the early completion of the project is an early success for these measures. “Any way that the Construction Authority can reduce risk for the Alignment design-build contract has the potential to reduce the bid price and therefore the final cost of the project,” says Ho. “By eliminating utility work for the next contractor, and having that work accomplished before bids are due; it allows the bids to incorporate the reduced risk associated with this critical early work.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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