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High-Speed Rail Construction Reaches Milestone

  

Ezra David Romero | Valley Public Radio

Nearly six months after the ceremonial groundbreaking for California’s high-speed rail project, crews began working today on one of the first obvious signs of construction: a bridge over the Fresno River in Madera County.

Jeff Morales with the California High Speed Rail Authority says his agency now has nearly $2.5 billion worth of work under contract.

“It’s just the beginning of massive construction that’ll be kicking into gear this summer and then continue years to come,” Morales said.

Diana Gomez is the project's Central Valley regional director. She says passengers riding a nearby Amtrak line will be able to see the bridge being built. 

“It’s an exciting feeling that we’re finally able to show that yes we are actually constructing,” Gomez said.

The $68 billion project still faces major financial and legal hurdles.