February 28, 2022
FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. – The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) today announced that it has completed another structure on the nation’s first high-speed rail system. The South Avenue Grade Separation in Fresno County is now open to traffic, adding to the continued progress along the 65-mile segment known as Construction Lot (CP) 2-3 in Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties.
The South Avenue grade separation, located between Cedar and Maple Avenues, allows traffic to travel on the existing BNSF Railroad and future high-speed rail lines. It is one of 36 grade separations constructed at CP 2-3 to improve safety along the high-speed rail route, and the Authority expects it to complete several additional structures at course this summer and fall.
Grade separations provide major safety improvements, especially in rural areas that include Fresno County, by realigning roads above or below a rail line to eliminate potential safety hazards. intersection safety. In addition to improving safety, grade separations reduce the sound of train horns and reduce traffic congestion.
“The completion of the South Avenue Grade Separation is another example of significant progress for the California High Speed Rail project and a testament to our efforts to provide a safe and sustainable transportation project for the next generation,” said Garth Fernandez, regional manager of Central Valley. . “With more than a dozen structures completed across the 119 miles of construction, we continue to make daily progress in building high-speed trains.”
The South Avenue grade separation will provide increased east-west mobility and safety for the traveling public while reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions from idling cars that would typically wait on train tracks.
The South Avenue flyover spans nearly 390 feet and is 40 feet wide. To complete this structure, design-build contractor Dragados Flatiron Joint Venture (DFJV) fabricated 12 precast beams to form the bridge deck. DFJV’s precast beam plant in Hanford is the largest job-specific precast plant in California and is responsible for fabricating over 1,300 different types of beams, pile foundations and deck panels for various structures along the 65 mile segment.
Since construction began, the project has created more than 7,300 jobs. There are currently 35 active construction sites in the Central Valley with 119 miles under construction. Nearly 300 miles of the 500-mile Phase 1 system from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim has been cleared, positioning the Authority to advance construction in Northern and Southern California with additional federal funding opportunities and local partnerships.
To learn more about the progress of the nation’s first high-speed rail system, visit: www.buildhsr.com.
The following link contains recent videos, animations, photographs, media center assets and the latest renders: https://hsra.box.com/s/vyvjv9hckwl1dk603ju15u07fdfir2q8
These files are all available for free use, courtesy of the California High-Speed Rail Authority.