Wasco receives $ 24 million to upgrade State Route 46 for bullet train

WASCO, Calif. (KGET) – The United States Department of Transportation has awarded the California High-Speed ​​Rail Authority $ 24 million to rebuild State Route 46 to safely build the bullet train in the region.

“High-speed rail connects Californians and our diverse communities,” said Brian Kelly, CEO of the Authority. “As we build this transformative system, we continue to work and collaborate with communities across the state to create jobs, spur economic development and improve quality of life. “

The grant is made possible through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program.

The money will be used for:

  • Lower State Route 46 to properly accommodate trucks passing under the track to approximately 16’6 ”clearance and extend approximately 0.4 miles in a four-lane cross section;
  • Improve ADA accessibility by constructing a new sidewalk, ramps, stormwater improvements, and a utility corridor south of State Route 46;
  • Build an efficient roundabout to improve safety on the freight corridor;
  • Improve adjacent properties affected by the project and work with the City to prepare them for better land use and economic development.

“This funding will solve a huge financial burden for the City and help us move our community forward with confidence,” said Scott Hurlbert, City Manager of Wasco.

This grant supports work on the specified rail to begin in the Central Valley given the region’s economic disadvantage and poor air quality compared to the rest of California, according to the Authority. Merced to Bakersfield is the backbone of the California high-speed railroad and the entire state-wide passenger system, the authority said.

The agency also said it has created more than 6,000 construction jobs along the 119 miles currently underway in the Central Valley and 7,100 trees have been planted to suck up emissions. In addition, crews recycled 95% of construction waste, which equates to 196,000 tonnes of waste that is not in a landfill today, and officials say they have protected more than 3,000 acres of farmland in order to ” achieve these goals.

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