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HANFORD — The California High-Speed Rail Authority released and April construction update Thursday, which featured projects happening across Kings County.

All of the projects are part of Construction Package 2-3, the 65-mile stretch of high-speed rail between East American Avenue in Fresno County and one mile north of the Tulare-Kern County line.

Excelsior Avenue grade separation

Work has begun on abutment construction for an overcrossing at Excelsior Avenue, between 7th Avenue and state Route 43.

Pile driving is the first step, as precast, pre-stressed concrete piles are driven into the ground to begin the foundations for abutments and supporting piers.

This crossing will take Excelsior Avenue traffic over high-speed rail lines in Kings County, and is being built off to the side so as not to disrupt current Excelsior Avenue traffic.

Flint Avenue and Fargo Avenue grade separations

In Kings County, construction has begun on two new overcrossings, one at Flint Avenue and one at Fargo Avenue east of SR-43 just outside of Hanford.

Crews are constructing overcrossings to allow vehicle traffic to pass over the high-speed rail alignment.

Officials said about 49 trucks per hour are hauling approximately 56,000 cubic yards of earth per day to build up the embankments.

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Kent Avenue and Kansas Avenue grade separations

South of Hanford and north of Corcoran, construction is underway on two more crossings, one at Kent Avenue and one at Kansas Avenue west of SR-43.

The overcrossings will take traffic over high-speed rail alignment.

With girders set, work is underway constructing the deck of the overcrossing at Kent Avenue. Crews are tying rebar preparing for a concrete pour that will enclose the ends of the girders, while other members of the crew work on forming the deck.

At Kansas Avenue, crews are putting the final touches on the pier cap forms in preparation for a concrete pour. Once the concrete is set, the forms will be stripped and girders placed to form the foundation for the overcrossing’s superstructure.

Lane closure on Hanford-Armona Road

The Authority recently announced a lane closure on Hanford-Armona Road between SR-43 and 7th Avenue in Kings County for utility relocation.

Work in this area began this week and is currently scheduled to continue through April 19. Signage and flaggers will be in place to direct traffic.

Traffic laws will be fully enforced and commuters are expected to be aware of the surrounding activities, remain alert and watch for construction vehicles and personnel. Officials ask the public to drive carefully and be extra cautious while traveling through construction areas.

The schedules are subject to change, so visit BuildHSR.com for up-to-date information

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2423 or jzavala@hanfordsentinel.com

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