Brightline to start construction work on $8 billion high-speed California-Las Vegas rail line within weeks

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Brightline has released a construction schedule for its $8 billion Las Vegas – southern California high-speed Brightline West line. Work will start later this year and be completed by 2024, the company says.
The project’s start depends on a $3.2 billion bond sale. If this isn’t completed by Dec. 1, California will put the funding it has allocated to the project back into the state’s affordable housing fund.

Work will be conducted in three phases each within California and Nevada, largely along the median of I-15, International Railway Journal (IRJ) has reported.

Construction on the 38.5 mile section from Victorville Station to just south of Barstow is scheduled to begin before the end of the year.

Then work on the 45 mile section from outside of Barstow to Baker and an 82 km section from near Baker to the Nevada state line will begin in the second quarter of 2021. Construction on a line into Los Angeles will begin in the third quarter of 2021.

Construction in Nevada will be divided into three segments, IRJ has reported.

Work on the first Nevada segment is due to begin before 2021 and will include 21 milesacross the state line from California into Nevada along the median of the I-15 highway before moving to the east of I-15. Bridges will be built over Primm Boulevard and Goodsprings Road.

The second phase will consist of a 6 mile section along the median of I-15 with a dedicated corridor to St Rose Parkway. Construction is set to begin in the second quarter of 2021.

The final section, which is set to begin in the middle of the second quarter of 2021, will be a 7 mile line running east of I-15 near Sloan, Nevada, to the Las Vegas station on Las Vegas Boulevard. The final phase will include the construction of a structure to shift the line from the median to the east side of I-15.

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