CHSRA Opens Three New Structures

Written by Carolina Worrell, Senior Editor, Railway Age
Photo features Adams Avenue Grade Separation structure in Fresno County. (Courtesy of CHSRA)
Photo features Adams Avenue Grade Separation structure in Fresno County. (Courtesy of CHSRA)

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), in collaboration with Dragados-Flatiron Joint Venture, recently announced the completion of three new high-speed rail structures in Fresno and Kings Counties.

The Adams Avenue grade separation in Fresno County, the Cairo Avenue structure in Kings County, and the Fowler grade separation, located between Elkhorn and Davis avenues in Fresno County, are now open to traffic, CHSRA says.

The Adams Avenue grade separation, which is located between Cedar and Maple avenues, south of the City of Fresno, spans 357 feet long, is 40 feet wide and takes traffic over the existing BNSF and future high-speed rail lines.

The Cairo Avenue structure is between Eighth and Ninth avenues in Kings County and will take high-speed trains over Cairo Avenue. It spans 84 feet long and more than 43 feet wide and is built to accommodate two sets of tracks for future high-speed trains.

The Fowler Avenue grade separation, which spans 299 feet and 40 feet wide, will take traffic over the future high-speed rail lines. The structure is comprised of 12 pre-cast concrete girders manufactured at the DFJV Pre-Cast Girder Facility in Hanford.

Photo features Fowler Avenue Grade Separation in Fresno County. (Courtesy of CHSRA)

Throughout 2022, CHSRA says progress has continued across the 171 miles under construction and development, including ongoing progress at the Cedar and Hanford viaducts, and the completion of other high-speed rail grade separations at Kent and Jackson avenues in Kings County, South Avenue in Fresno County, and at Avenue 15 ½ in Madera County.

CHSRA recently announced that the project has created nearly 9,800 construction jobs since work building the nation’s first high-speed rail line began. This includes 3,269 jobs going to residents from Fresno County, 1,826 from Kern County, 977 from Tulare County, 424 from Madera County and 353 from Kings County.

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