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California High-Speed Rail project continues to move forward in Kern County


Feb. 11, 2020

The California High-Speed Rail project continues to move forward with progress being made in Kern County.
According to the High-Speed Rail Authority, construction crews have poured 465 cubic yards of concrete for the Garces Highway Viaduct, which is about three miles west of State Route 43 near Scofield Avenue and will carry high-speed trains over Garces Highway.
Next, crews will work to install ducts and rebar to form the structure's stems. They expect to pour more concrete later this month.
The Garces Highway Viaduct will be approximately 102-feet in length, 52-feet wide. Scofield Avenue will be realigned to become parallel to the high-speed rail alignment.
Elsewhere, the Wasco Viaduct is being built on the south side of town at Jackson Avenue. It will take high-speed trains over the existing BNSF freight tracks.
The Rail Authority says crews have also poured a total of 32 columns to the west and 11 columns to the east side of the Wasco viaduct. Crews are now working on the falsework that connects all the columns together.
The structure will be nearly a mile long when it's complete.
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