VIDEO RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Releases Spring 2023 Construction Update

May 11, 2023

FRESNO, Calif. – The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) today released its Spring 2023 Construction Update highlighting continued progress on the nation’s first high-speed rail project, including several completed high-speed rail structures throughout the Central Valley.

Highlights include the completion of the Cedar Viaduct located in Fresno. The Cedar Viaduct is most notable for its double span of arches that span over State Route (SR) 99. The structure is nearly 3,700 feet long and will take high-speed trains travelling at 200-plus mph over State Route (SR) 99, North and Cedar avenues. The Construction Update also highlights the recent completion of structures in Kings and Kern counties and progress on other signature structures like the Conejo and Hanford viaducts.

Photos of workers on construction sites with words reading Construction Update Spring 2023Click the image to view the English video — Haga clic aquí para la versión en Español

Since the start of construction, the Authority has created more than 10,000 construction jobs, a majority going to residents from the Central Valley. This includes 3,429 that have gone to residents from Fresno County, 1,946 from Kern County, 1,033 from Tulare County, 442 from Madera County, and 369 from Kings County.

The Authority has begun work to extend the 119 miles under construction to 171 miles of future electrified high-speed rail from Merced to Bakersfield. There are more than 30 active construction sites in California’s Central Valley, with the Authority having environmentally cleared 422 miles of the high-speed rail program from the Bay Area to the Los Angeles Basin.

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