Watch: CHSRA Spring 2023 Construction UpdateWritten by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor, Railway Age
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) on May 11 issued a video update (below) on spring 2023 construction. It highlights the high-speed rail project’s progress, including completion of several structures throughout the Central Valley.
The Cedar Viaduct located in Fresno is among those structures. This viaduct is most notable for its double span of arches, according to CHSRA. At nearly 3,700 feet long, it will take high-speed trains traveling at 200-plus mph over State Route (SR) 99, North and Cedar avenues.
Also spotlighted in the video: the recent completion of structures in Kings and Kern counties and progress on other signature structures like the Conejo and Hanford viaducts.
According to CHSRA, since the start of construction, the project has created more than 10,000 construction jobs, a majority going to residents from the Central Valley. This includes 3,429 that have gone to residents from Fresno County, 1,946 from Kern County, 1,033 from Tulare County, 442 from Madera County, and 369 from Kings County.
CHSRA reported that it has begun work to extend the 119 miles under construction to 171 miles of future electrified high-speed rail from Merced to Bakersfield. There are more than 30 active construction sites in California’s Central Valley, with CHSRA having environmentally cleared 422 miles of the high-speed rail program from the Bay Area to the Los Angeles Basin.