We’re back with another update on the four mile northward extension of the Metro Orange Line Bike Path. As we’ve mentioned before, the new bike path will run parallel with the busway from the Canoga Orange Line Station to the Chatsworth Intermodal Transit Center. The extension will add four new stations (Sherman Way, Roscoe, Nordhoff, and Chatsworth) to the busway that will each have new bike parking facilities in the form of bike racks and bike lockers. New construction updates, photos, and some new details after the jump.
Construction is progressing nicely along the project’s dedicated right of way, with crews already having compacted aggregate base in preparation for pavement along a good portion of the project. Interestingly, the base’s materials were recycled from a mixture of concrete and asphalt recovered from other Metro construction projects. In keeping with the green theme, the Metro Orange Line Extension (or MOLE in Metro speak) will have bioswales to handle runoff coming from the bike/pedestrian path and busway.
A trench has already been dug in some areas between the busway and the bike/pedestrian path. Runoff will be directed from the bike path and busway’s impermeable pavement to bioswales, allowing water to naturally collect and percolate before entering storm drains. These bioswales will be planted with low maintenance, drought tolerant vegetation that will look similar to the existing Orange Line.
The busway bridge that spans the Union Pacific railroad tracks and Lassen Street is nearing completion and its associated Chatsworth Station landing is progressing as well. Work crews have also begun constructing busway and bike path bridges that span the L.A. River and the Santa Susana Wash.
Canoga Orange Line Station
The Canoga Orange Line Station will see some major changes with the extension. Two new platforms for the BRT are being constructed for the extension along the north-east side of the parking lot. The current platforms will remain operational for Warner Center bound buses. Chatsworth bound buses will follow the new northward right of way towards Vanowen St.
There will be a new connection between the new Canoga Station platforms and the existing bike path located just to the east of the existing Canoga Station platforms (basically the direction away from Canoga Avenue). This will allow bicyclists and pedestrians using the extension’s new platforms to access the existing path without having to go around the existing platform. Busway crossings will be signalized to ensure safety for all modes.
Opening Mid 2012
We here at the LADOT Bike Program are really looking forward to the opening of the Orange Line Extension Bike Path. The project is expected to be completed sometime in mid 2012. Look for further project updates as we move ever closer to the projected mid 2012 opening.