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Photo Release: First Girders Go Up on New Tuolumne Street Bridge in Downtown Fresno Ahead of Schedule

FRESNO, Calif. – After six months of work, construction crews are ahead of schedule and today placed the first of 42 massive steel and concrete girders on the new Tuolumne Street Bridge in downtown Fresno. The placement of the girders signifies the midway point of construction for the bridge. In total, the California High-Speed Rail Authority's Construction Package 1 design-build contractor Tutor-Perini/Zachry/Parsons will place seven girders (also called beams) a day until complete. The girders placed today are 149-feet long and weigh more than 166,200 pounds or approximately 83 tons.



WHAT:

The Tuolumne Street Bridge heading into downtown Fresno is scheduled to be demolished, and then rebuilt to accommodate high-speed rail system, and for two-way traffic to support the revitalization of downtown Fresno's city core.


WHY:

The Tuolumne Street Bridge will be rebuilt so that the highest point of the bridge is shifted to the west creating clearance for high-speed trains.


TIMELINE:

Demolition and construction is expected to last 10-12 months


CLOSURES:

  • Tuolumne Street from F Street to Broadway Street
  • G Street and H Street will have periodic closures at Tuolumne Street

DETOURS:

  • From Southbound CA-99 take exit 133A Stanislaus Street make a left on Tuolumne Street, a right at F Street and left onto Fresno Street
  • From Northbound CA-99 take exit 132B and follow signs for Fresno Street
  • From CA-180 take exit 57B and follow signs for Fulton Street
  • See Map HERE.


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