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May 2018 Edition

Progress on the high-speed rail project is easy to see from North Madera to South Fresno. In this month’s construction update we feature the Fresno Trench and State Route 180 Passageway where crews continue their excavation work under the highway. Keep reading to learn more about how much more excavation work there is to be done and what’s being done on the rest of our projects.

Updates Per Project

Cedar Viaduct

Barrier wall construction along the sides of the Cedar viaduct is nearly complete, with only a small section remaining to be poured. One of the largest structures on Construction Package 1, the Cedar Viaduct will be about three quarters of a mile long when it’s complete alongside State Route 99. At its north end, pier and abutment construction is continuing as the viaduct heads toward Golden State Boulevard.

San Joaquin River Viaduct

On the south side of the San Joaquin River, crews are finishing up construction of pier caps to tie together the support columns. The construction of the deck that will carry high-speed trains has also begun to link all the structures together. Concrete has also been poured for the pergola section at the southern end of the work area where high-speed trains will cross over the existing freight line. The completed viaduct will form one of the largest structures on this first phase of the high-speed rail project.

Avenue 11 Grade Separation

With the abutments completed and bridge girders set, crews are about to begin forming the bridge deck for this structure which will take Avenue 11 traffic over the high-speed train alignment east of Road 30 ½ in Madera County. Other crews are now working on the mechanically stabilized earthen (MSE) block walls which will retain the earthen embankment extending from the abutments.

State Route 99 Realignment

Southbound State Route 99 traffic is now largely on new concrete pavement south of Ashlan Avenue in central Fresno. On the Clinton Avenue bridge, work is still ongoing on the structure’s north side for the final northbound entrance and southbound exit ramps and auxiliary lanes. Shifting the mainline about 100 feet to the west helps avoid high-speed rail impacts to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and a busy freight railway yard.

Avenue 8 Grade Separation

At Avenue 8, west of Road 33, girders were recently set for the one span bridge that will cross the high-speed train alignment. The MSE block wall leveling pad has been poured and the MSE blocks will start to be set this month. Crews are about to begin forming the bridge deck.

Avenue 12 Grade Separation

MSE walls are complete on either side of the Avenue 12 bridge embankment, retaining the earthen fill on either side of the bridge. Earthmoving equipment is now working on the roadway grade. The dirt operation will focus on compacting the fill dirt that will carry traffic to the bridge structure and over the future high speed rail line.

Avenue 15 Grade Separation

At Avenue 15, just east of Road 29, the drilling operation finished the western abutment and has moved east of the tracks to begin drilling the eastern abutment. A carpenter crew and ironworkers have mobilized on the west abutment footing; setting forms and installing reinforcing bar. Column forms for a bent (a bent is composed of a column and cap element that the girders rest on) will be removed next and falsework set around the columns. Once the falsework is complete, the forming of the bent cap will begin.

Rod 27 Grade Separation

The abutments and support structures for the Road 27 grade separation are nearing completion. Crews are constructing the bent cap for the bridge substructure, while to the south of the bridge, crews are setting the concrete forms for what will become a retaining wall along the west side of the road. Once the wall is completed fill dirt will be trucked in and placed to raise the road to the level of the crossing over the tracks.