Metro Gold Line Repairs from Thanksgiving Truck Crash Completed This Week

Published : Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 5:39 AM

A Pasadena firefighter surveys the Thanksgiving Day big rig crash on the I-210 Freeway near San Gabriel Blvd. overpass which saw a truck slide on wet roads, crash through the Gold Line retaining wall and end up near the tracks. Image by RMG News

Train service on the Gold Line is now back to normal, Metro said Wednesday, two weeks after a big rig crashed on the concrete barrier separating the tracks from the I-210 Freeway in East Pasadena, and damaged the Gold Line’s signaling system.

The accident on Thanksgiving Day snarled traffic for over eight hours and forced Metro to run trains every 10 minutes during morning and afternoon rush hours instead of the six-minute peak service, as crews repaired the damage.

“I have just been told that our repairs to the Gold Line were completed on Monday. The Gold Line is back to normal operations,” Brian Haas, Metro’s Communications Manager, said in an email.

Metro records indicate have been four similar crashes this year alone in which vehicles have ended up running off the freeway and onto Gold Line tracks or its right-of way, including last Thanksgiving’s.

To prevent accidents like this from recurring, Metro said it has been planning to raise the barriers between the I-210’s traffic lanes and the tracks, which run down the middle of the freeway.

Last month, a status report on the I-210 Barrier Replacement Project given to Metro’s Board of Directors said the project is now forecast to cost up to $20 million, from a previous estimate of $11.08 million, and could take up to Spring 2020 to complete.

Phase 1 of the project would be in Arcadia, east of Michillinda Avenue, and Phase 2 would be in Pasadena, where crashes like last month’s have been frequent.

Metro says the project will be a challenging one, especially because it will be constructed in an “incredibly constrained location,” with little space to work in on either side, Haas explained earlier.

Metro would also have to contend with impacts of the construction work on 210 Freeway traffic, as well as to the air quality and noise levels in the neighbourhood.

The project, Metro said, would also require an expanded environmental study that means more time and money.

Despite the challenges, the Metro Board has already committed to completing this project, Haas said earlier.

 

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