Road Contruction Takes A Toll on Claremontians

The current contruction taking place on Indian Hill and Foothill Blvd. has been slowing down traffic and closing down parts of the road.The photo on the left shows the progress of the road repairs and contruction taking place on Foothill Blvd.

The current contruction taking place on Indian Hill and Foothill Blvd. has been slowing down traffic and closing down parts of the road.The photo on the left shows the progress of the road repairs and contruction taking place on Foothill Blvd.

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The construction on Indian Hill Boulevard and Foothill Boulevard is an ongoing project that has been an extensive time-consuming problem for CHS students and teachers traveling to and from school. The construction will continue to be a traffic block for CHS students and staff because the City of Claremont is set upon achieving their goal of fixing up the streets.

The construction starting on Foothill Blvd. began on Oct. 29, 2018. The project was separated into four phases over the last 10 months and is expected to be completed by Nov. 29, 2019. The four stages of the project were supposed to have started demolition on Nov. 25th, March 24th, and June 3rd. In between these dates, the demolition process was estimated to take three months each giving the whole city an outlook on what they wanted to be done. All of this was in hope of improving Foothill Blvd. from the city limit of Monte Vista Avenue towards Towne Avenue. The goal of the project was to advance general road improvements as well as protect bike lanes, pedestrian sidewalk ways, stormwater catchment that has been required by the state and federal government, and sustainable landscaping. New bus stops would be added to repeat the roadways on Route 66 past. The streets on Foothill will remain to have two-lane streets on both sides. Once the traffic barriers are removed from the road, it will then continue to be narrowed into one lane, so the construction could have more space for the bike lane.

Over half of the $16 million project is being funded through grants given to by the city. Another $7 million grant was given by the Transportation Commission Local Partnership Program which is also known as SB1.

The Indian Hill construction started its process along with the Foothill project by improving its sidewalks, bike lanes, and street lights. However, the project has now expanded and there is even another project on Indian Hill for construction on the Gold Line railroad extension that will go from Glendora to Montclair. This railroad project is 12.3-mile extension that is part of a growing network of the rail lines that will be built throughout LA.

Having the construction so close to CHS can be difficult. Getting to school every day on time is becoming a challenge. With the early hours of school and the construction workers working throughout the day, it is frustrating to get by all the traffic due to the contruction. In addition, this traffic has caused students and teachers to wait in a long line before even being able to even enter the CHS campus. This inconvenience is most evident on Wednesdays when there is no first period and everyone arrives at the same time. It is very difficult to get by under these circumstances, but there are many ways around the traffic. One could try going through Oxford Avenue instead of Indian Hill to make it around the main entrance and through the tennis courts or the opposite entrance towards the parking lot. One could also take Mountain Avenue to 10th Street and then to Oxford as an alternative route.

To support all of the funds for the Indian Hill, Gold Line project the city had to take money out of student paychecks and regular taxpayers. This essentially means that some students are getting less than what they usually earn in their paychecks if they are 18 years or older. For the Foothill project, the Construction Authority Board has asked to increase the total project budget up to $570 million in order to cover the construction line from Glendora to Montclair. This increase would bring the cost up to a total of $2.1 billion. All this construction going on in Claremont has certainly created some temporary issues, but will certainly benefit Claremont in the long run.

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