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California mocks over ‘billion dollar to nowhere’ bridge | American news

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US authorities have long had plans for a high-speed rail project from Los Angeles to San Francisco, expected to cost more than $100 billion, but critics have claimed they have very little to show for it – apart from a 0.5 mile long bridge that goes nowhere.


Sunday May 5, 2024 12:48 PM, UK

Authorities in California have been mocked over a ‘billion dollar’ bridge to nowhere.

The state government of California has long had plans for a high-speed rail project from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

Despite initial financing being approved in 2008, the line is still a long way off and is expected to cost a total of more than $100 billion.

To date, construction has only begun in the earliest phase and further funding has been used for land use planning under the Phase I system.

However, the California High-Speed ​​Rail Authority recently publicized one of the completed sections of construction – completed in 2018 and reportedly cost $1 billion on its own.

This is a 0.5 mile long stretch of bridge called The Fresno River Viaduct in Madera County, and it has been ridiculed because it goes from nowhere to nowhere.

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Photos shared by the authority of the bridge show it is not connected to anything at either end, with some claiming it is indicative of the wider project.

It runs above a road and near a number of houses – parallel to another track – but currently has no function.

Elon Musk poked fun at the recent X-post of construction, with the billionaire posting a crying emoji in response to news of the project.

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Others also waded in on social media.

However, some of those who criticized it made false claims about the flyover, its cost and the time it took to complete it.

Since its completion six years ago, after three years of construction, dozens more structures have been completed and over sixty miles of active construction is underway across the entire project.

Due to the sheer size of high-speed rails, they are often complex, expensive and lengthy projects – with the California High Speed ​​Rail being no different.

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The track is expected to be put into service sometime in the early 2030s, but its demolition reportedly remains a possibility.

California High Speed ​​Rail has been contacted for comment.