Foothill Boulevard Improvements/Bicycle Infrastructure Update
Work continues on the Foothill Boulevard Master Plan Improvement Project. Phase Four construction covers the portion of Foothill Boulevard from Mountain Avenue to Towne Avenue. While phase three has been substantially completed, remaining construction items, landscape, and electrical work will continue to progress within phases one, two, and three from Monte Vista Avenue to Mountain Avenue. Traffic control will be placed in each of these phases as necessary to complete these remaining construction items. A minimum of one travel lane along Foothill Boulevard will remain open. Within these construction phases, the Class IV median-separated bikeway construction has been substantially completed; however, these median separated bikeways will remain closed for safety purposes. Additional transition striping will be done prior to opening up the bicycle facilities at the end of the project.
- Traffic Signal Timing: All traffic signals from Mountain Avenue to Claremont Boulevard are scheduled to have updated timing installed in the month of November. The current timing plans at each of the traffic signals still reflect temporary timing to accommodate construction activities. Please note, the Mountain Avenue and Foothill Boulevard signals are operating on a protected left turn operation and will resume to permissive operation with the implementation of the final timing plan.
- Bus Stops:Bus Stops located at Mountain Avenue and Towne Avenue are still impacted due to construction activities and will remain temporarily closed until these stops are safe to re-open. This is determined by Foothill Transit on a case by case basis once construction activities have been completed. Bus stops at Indian Hill Boulevard are scheduled to be re-opened in the month of November.
Once construction is completed, Foothill Boulevard will have two vehicle travel lanes in each direction of Foothill Boulevard and will include either a Class IV Bikeway (protected bike lane), Class II Bikeway (bike lane), or a combination of Class II Bikeway (bike lane) and on-street parking.The anticipated completion for this project is January 2020. For the most up to date information: View the Foothill Boulevard Upgrade webpage here.
Golden State Water – Padua Avenue Water Main Line Installation Project
On Tuesday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 13, Golden State Water will be completing the final pavement restoration requirements on Padua Avenue, Pomello Drive, and Alamosa Drive as part of the Water Main Line Installation Project. The contractor will be placing slurry seal on the streets to address the excessive asphalt tracking and markings that were caused by the construction.
For the schedule and exact locations, please see below:
Tuesday, November 12
- Pomello Drive, from Padua Avenue to 500 feet west of Padua Avenue. Traffic control set up will begin at 7:00 a.m. Both directions of traffic will be closed during construction.
- Alamosa Drive, from Padua Avenue to 500 feet west of Padua Avenue. Traffic control set up will begin at 7:00 a.m. Both directions of traffic will be closed during construction.
- Padua Avenue, western half, from Miramar Avenue to Pomello Drive. Traffic control set up will begin at 8:30 a.m. Northbound and southbound traffic will be brought to one lane with flagmen directing traffic at all times.
Wednesday, November 13
- Pomello Drive, between Padua Avenue and Hollins Avenue. Traffic control set up will begin at 7:00 a.m. Both directions of traffic will be closed during construction.
- Padua Avenue, eastern half, from Miramar Avenue to Pomello Drive. Traffic control set up will begin at 8:30 a.m. Northbound and southbound traffic will be brought to one lane with flagmen directing traffic at all times.
All streets will be completely re-opened before the end of each work day. Slurry tabs will be placed as temporary striping until the contractor returns to perform the final striping, which is tentatively scheduled to follow in two weeks. All residents directly affected by this construction have been notified by Golden State Water.
Foothill Entry Monument Installation
On Friday, November 1, City contractors will begin construction of two entry monument signs in the Foothill Boulevard median. The sign on the west side of Foothill will be approximately 500 feet east of Towne Avenue. The other sign will be near the City’s eastern boundary, between Monte Vista and Claremont Avenues. Fourteen-foot tall, gabion-style cages will be installed first and later filled with local field stone. Metal letters with a corten-style finish and colorful mosaic faces will be installed at a later date.
The entry monument signs were selected from several options presented by the project designer. The Architectural Commission and City Council approved of the signs. The local rock and natural steel materials reflect Claremont’s vernacular building materials. Use of byzantine-style glass mosaic pays tribute to the Millard Sheets studio, which fabricated large mosaics for decades in their studio located on Foothill Boulevard in Claremont. Orange and yellow glass is used to reflect Claremont’s citrus heritage.
Construction at Webb Schools
Webb Schools recently began rehabilitation of their Hooper Community Center including seismic upgrades, renovation of the center, and site and landscaping improvements around the historic building. Primary construction access will be at their main entry on Base Line Road. Please exercise extra care when driving in these areas.
City of Pomona Towne Avenue Rehabilitation Project Update
The City of Pomona’s Towne Avenue Rehabilitation Project, located between Bonita Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, has been postponed until further notice. On the week of September 2, the contractor completed the work necessary to safely secure the project limits until work resumes. The City of Pomona and the City of Claremont are currently working together to establish a new construction schedule to avoid conflicts with the Foothill Boulevard Master Plan Improvements Project. For more construction updates on this project, please contact the City of Pomona’s Public Works Department at (909) 620-2261.
Demolition of Marie Callender’s Building
The building formerly occupied by Marie Callender’s restaurant was scheduled for demolition beginning on Monday, September 23. The 8,500 square foot commercial building is located at 1030 West Foothill Boulevard. Trucks hauling equipment and debris will use Towne Avenue to access the site from its Foothill Boulevard and Towne Avenue Driveways.
The restaurant closed last November and, since that time, the building has become a health and safety concern. There have been multiple break-ins and three arrests for trespassing and loitering at the property. Security guards regularly ask would-be squatters to leave the property. Recently, intruders broke into the building and broke a water pipe, flooding the interior and causing extensive damage.
Marie Callender’s closed after operating successfully at the location for nearly 45 years. The chain is experiencing declining demand and is closing many locations nationally. The building was constructed in 1972 with the standard corporate design and is not considered historic. This determination was confirmed through consultation with Claremont Heritage. For more information, please contact Principal Planner Christopher Veirs at (909) 399-5486 or CVeirs@ci.claremont.ca.us.
Old School House Condo Development
On Monday, August 5, on-site construction began for the Old School House 30 condo units. Construction is anticipated to continue through the Summer of 2021. Public access to the south portion of the commercial center will be restricted from Colby Circle to accommodate construction and deliveries through the end of August 2020.
Base Line Road Median Installation Improvements – Gable Crossing Development
Century Communities continues to work on public improvements on Base Line Road. The work includes the construction of a center median along Base Line Road near the western end of the project, between Villa Maria and Oxford. This construction will require lane closures and a bike lane closure on eastbound Base Line Road, starting east of Mountain Avenue. During construction, drivers and pedestrians are directed to follow the appropriate construction signs.
During these construction projects, drivers and pedestrians are directed to follow the appropriate construction signs and remember to share the road with bicyclists. For more information on these or any other construction projects, please contact the Engineering Division at (909) 399-5465.
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