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cofferdams082615aThe California High-Speed Rail Authority and its design-build contractor Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons began the installation Wednesday of three cofferdams in the dry channel of the Fresno River in Madera County at the site of the Fresno River Viaduct.

The temporary structures – consisting of several steel sheets approximately 40 feet by 40 feet and 12 feet deep – will hold back the sand at the bottom of the river while TPZP crews excavate approximately 12 feet into the riverbed. This will allow for the installation of structural supports for the future viaduct.

The cofferdams will stand for approximately 3 weeks and will be removed once the foundational structures are in place. The Fresno River Viaduct is a 1,600-foot aerial structure that will span from Raymond Road to Watson Street in Madera County, crossing over the Fresno River and State Route 145, parallel to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) tracks.

The viaduct is part of Construction Package 1 (CP 1), the first 29-mile construction area that stretches from Avenue 17 in Madera County to East American Avenue in Fresno County. It is the first of three viaducts that will be constructed in this package.

 

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About California High-Speed Rail Authority

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation. California high-speed rail will connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands. By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. In addition, the Authority is working with regional partners to implement a statewide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs. To learn more visit the Authority’s website at http://www.hsr.ca.gov.

 

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  1. Dorene Tapp Dorene Tapp says:

    The Central Valley is sinking, yet these morons are going ahead with this unnecessary project. What a waste of money.

  2. What a horrible waste!!!

  3. Stop this stupid train. Thanks to everyone who voted for it.

  4. This is a scam on the California taxpayer. So it saves a couple hours. That would only be if it’s non stop! The state should spend more on ways to take salt out of ocean water and save gray water from running to the ocean every time we get rain.i didn’t vote for this train, and will never use it, like most Californians.

  5. warren jones says:

    Is the train going to come through the Santa Clarita Valley?

    If so how is it going to get through the Newhall Pass? Are they going to use the train tunnel that was constructed in the 1880s?

    The train doesn’t save any time. It will take over 4 hours to go from LA to SF.

    • SCVNews.com says:

      The fact that it comes through the Santa Clarita Valley is what all the debate has been about the past couple of years. Search this website for info.

  6. James Webb James Webb says:

    Lol…. CA population triple sense the 1960’s. last water project 1970’s no new money for the water drought issue?? People asked to conserve water better but $98.5 billion spent on a train to no where ? But we don’t need water right? Thank you CA for voting for these people.

  7. Daniel Konz Daniel Konz says:

    Pretty soon they’ll be running right trough Soledad canyon now that they got Cemex out of their way..!

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