High-Speed Rail Authority releases fall 2023 construction update

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California Construction News staff writer

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has released its Fall 2023 Construction Update, highlighting progress on the nation’s first high-speed rail project, including 10 structures completed or opened to traffic this year and progress at various construction sites with a record 1,612 workers dispatched to job sites daily in November.

Another significant development is the near completion of Construction Package 4, the southernmost 22-mile stretch of active high-speed rail construction in California’s Central Valley. The update also highlights progress at high-speed rail structures like Conejo Viaduct in Fresno County, Hanford Viaduct in Kings County, and Tule River Viaduct in Tulare County.

Since the start of construction, the CHSRA has created more than 11,500 construction jobs, a majority going to residents from the Central Valley. On average, nearly 1,500 workers are dispatched to a high-speed rail construction site daily. 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 25 active construction sites in California’s Central Valley, with the CHSRA having also environmentally cleared 422 miles of the high-speed rail program from the Bay Area to the Los Angeles Basin.

For more information on construction, visit: www.buildhsr.com

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