A crane sets pre-cast concrete girders over the northern section of the Fresno Trench, near downtown Fresno. Nearly 40 girders were placed over two days in August, while closer to State Route 180 (SR 180), work continued on a drainage structure that will relocate a 60-inch storm sewer line to the north side of the highway (Below). Crews have approximately 15 feet more to excavate before they reach the bottom of the trench where a concrete box will be constructed that will carry the trains under SR 180, a rail spur and the Dry Creek Canal.
From approximately Olive Avenue to Stanislaus Street. Work on the trench has begun south of Belmont Avenue along with excavation beneath SR 180.
A little north of downtown Fresno, workers are nearing completion of the excavation for the high-speed rail crossing under State Route 180. As crews put the finishing touches on the walls inside the undercrossing, others excavate the area outside where the trains will come back to grade. The next step will be to construct a concrete box that will carry trains under the highway, a rail spur and the Dry Creek Canal. Crews have reached the bottom of the trench and are fine grading the area in order to start the box construction. Ultimately, the trench will extend approximately 1 mile in length.