On November 16, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) announced the opening of the American Avenue overpass in Fresno County. American Avenue is one of 11 grade separations in Fresno County completed for future high-speed rail construction, and is the fifth high-speed rail structure to open in the Central Valley in the last three months.
The completed overpass is located on American Avenue between Maple and Cedar avenues in Fresno County. The structure spans more than 353 feet long, 43 feet wide and reaches 40 feet at its highest point. The overpass allows traffic to cross over the future high-speed rail system and existing BNSF rail line. The completion of this overpass removed an existing railroad track crossing, allowing for unrestricted travel without dangerous cross traffic or air quality impacts due to idling vehicles.
The announcement follows the recent openings of the Avenue 10, Avenue 15 and Avenue 7 overpasses in Madera County.