Philadelphia and Monrovia, Calif. — Hill International announced that its project, the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa in Southern California, has reached substantial completion. The 11.5-mile light rail project will now be turned over by the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority to the Los Angeles Metro for pre-revenue service.

The first contract was awarded in June 2010 to Skanska USA to design and build the Gold Line Bridge with Hill International as program manager. Construction on the bridge began in July 2011 and was completed in December 2012, and has won multiple awards since. In July 2011, the second contract was awarded to Foothill Transit Constructors-A Kiewit-Parsons Joint Venture, to design and build the Pasadena to Azusa alignment (including six stations, 28 miles of track and dozens of other bridges and crossings) with Hill continuing as program manager.

"Reaching substantial completion is an important milestone in the Construction Authority's history and in the four-year plus partnership between the Construction Authority and our design-build teams," said Habib F. Balian, CEO of the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority.

"We look forward to handing the project over to Metro in the coming days, as they prepare to put the 11.5-mile extension on-line in 2016," added Balian.

"Hill is honored to be part of the Foothill Gold Line project," said Thomas J. Spearing III, Regional President (Americas) of Hill's Project Management Group. "We congratulate the Construction Authority on reaching such an important milestone," added Spearing.