On Aug. 26, 2020, the California High-Speed Rail Authority 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. With construction activity increasing across the Central Valley, more workers are being dispatched to the project. Currently, more than 4,300 construction jobs have been created, with 3,000 of those jobs being filled by Central Valley residents.
The Avenue 15 overpass is located between State Route 99 and Road 32 and is more than 278 feet long, 42 feet wide and reaches 40 feet at its highest point.
Several Central Valley small businesses took part in constructing the new grade separation including Becho, Inc., Landavazo Bros., Inc. Martinez Steel Corporation, Oliveira Fence, Inc., McCormick Biological, Inc., Avison Construction, Inc., Con-Fab California, Valverde Construction, Inc. and Safety Striping Service, Inc.