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Construction Update
Hard work is paying off at the high-speed rail project sites in the Central Valley.
  • The September 2020 Construction Alert is out now. A lot of progress throughout CP 1, CP 2-3 and CP 4. Plus-- the completion of Avenue 15 and girders placed at South Avenue (pictured here).
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    The September 2020 Construction Alert is out now. A lot of progress throughout CP 1, CP 2-3 and CP 4. Plus-- the completion of Avenue 15 and girders placed at South Avenue (pictured here).
    September Construction Update
  • The California High-Speed Rail Authority today announced the opening of a newly constructed overpass on Avenue 15 in Madera County that will allow traffic to travel over the existing BNSF railroad tracks and the future high-speed rail system. - August 2020
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    The California High-Speed Rail Authority today announced the opening of a newly constructed overpass on Avenue 15 in Madera County that will allow traffic to travel over the existing BNSF railroad tracks and the future high-speed rail system. - August 2020
    CP 1: Avenue 15 Grade Separation
  • The newly constructed overpass on Avenue 15 in Madera County is now open. It allows traffic to flow over the existing BNSF railroad tracks and the future high-speed rail system.
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    The newly constructed overpass on Avenue 15 in Madera County is now open. It allows traffic to flow over the existing BNSF railroad tracks and the future high-speed rail system.
    Avenue 15 Overpass Completion: August 2020
  • Fly above and along the Wasco Viaduct in Construction Package 4 as the structure begins to take shape. Crews are placing girders to form the pergola to take high-speed trains over existing freight rail tracks. - July 2020
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    Fly above and along the Wasco Viaduct in Construction Package 4 as the structure begins to take shape. Crews are placing girders to form the pergola to take high-speed trains over existing freight rail tracks. - July 2020
    CP4: Wasco Viaduct
  • First phase of placing girders at the Wasco Viaduct, which includes 76 girders, each 118 feet long, and 165,000 pounds. This time-lapse shows some of that work.

The second phase will include the placement of 44 girders that will be longer ranging from 118 feet to 136 feet. #BuildHSR
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    First phase of placing girders at the Wasco Viaduct, which includes 76 girders, each 118 feet long, and 165,000 pounds. This time-lapse shows some of that work. The second phase will include the placement of 44 girders that will be longer ranging from 118 feet to 136 feet. #BuildHSR
    Time-lapse - Wasco Viaduct - Girder installation, July 2020
  • In July, crews performed the single largest concrete placement at Poso Creek. Crews placed more than 1,000 cubic yards of concrete to form the deck of Poso Creek Viaduct. - July 2020
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    In July, crews performed the single largest concrete placement at Poso Creek. Crews placed more than 1,000 cubic yards of concrete to form the deck of Poso Creek Viaduct. - July 2020
    CP 4: Poso Creek Viaduct
  • High-speed rail is committed to the safety of its trains and of those who live along the alignment. In areas where grade separations (meaning separating the track from the roadway) are not possible at this time, HSR will install quad gates. What is a quad gate and how will it protect you? Northern California Regional Director Boris Lipkin sits down with HSR's Karen Massie to explain.
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    High-speed rail is committed to the safety of its trains and of those who live along the alignment. In areas where grade separations (meaning separating the track from the roadway) are not possible at this time, HSR will install quad gates. What is a quad gate and how will it protect you? Northern California Regional Director Boris Lipkin sits down with HSR's Karen Massie to explain.
    HSR Q&A: What is a Quad Gate?
  • At the Cedar Viaduct, crews placed the last two girders across the superstructure spanning State Route (SR) 99. - July 2020
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    At the Cedar Viaduct, crews placed the last two girders across the superstructure spanning State Route (SR) 99. - July 2020
    CP 1: Cedar Viaduct
  • At Kansas Avenue in Kings County, crews are nearly complete with an inlet in preparation to relocate the West Fork Canal. The canal is located to the east of the Kansas Avenue overcrossing, taking traffic over the high-speed rail tracks. - June 2020
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    At Kansas Avenue in Kings County, crews are nearly complete with an inlet in preparation to relocate the West Fork Canal. The canal is located to the east of the Kansas Avenue overcrossing, taking traffic over the high-speed rail tracks. - June 2020
    CP 2-3: Kansas Avenue Grade Separation
  • Crews have completed hauling dirt to form the slopes of the future overcrossing at Idaho Avenue. While the slopes settle, a temporary road has been built around the overcrossing to serve as a detour route while crews begin hauling fill to begin construction on an overcrossing to the south at Jackson Avenue. - June 2020
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    Crews have completed hauling dirt to form the slopes of the future overcrossing at Idaho Avenue. While the slopes settle, a temporary road has been built around the overcrossing to serve as a detour route while crews begin hauling fill to begin construction on an overcrossing to the south at Jackson Avenue. - June 2020
    CP 2-3: Idaho Avenue
  • At Avenue 88 in Tulare County, crews are finishing up forming the last substructure located to the east of the existing BNSF tracks and State Route 43 (SR 43). - June 2020
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    At Avenue 88 in Tulare County, crews are finishing up forming the last substructure located to the east of the existing BNSF tracks and State Route 43 (SR 43). - June 2020
    CP 2-3: Avenue 88
  • Crews are currently pile-driving concrete production piles at the northern portion of the Hanford Viaduct near Grangeville Boulevard. Nearly 7,000 production piles will be needed to provide foundation support for the Hanford Viaduct, which will take high-speed rail trains over Grangeville Boulevard, the San Joaquin Valley Railroad, and State Route 198. - Jan. 2020
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    Crews are currently pile-driving concrete production piles at the northern portion of the Hanford Viaduct near Grangeville Boulevard. Nearly 7,000 production piles will be needed to provide foundation support for the Hanford Viaduct, which will take high-speed rail trains over Grangeville Boulevard, the San Joaquin Valley Railroad, and State Route 198. - Jan. 2020
    CP 2-3: Hanford Viaduct
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Incredible progress continues to be made at the active construction sites for high-speed rail, with two projects nearing completion. Select each of the project images below to learn more.
Faces of HSR
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