Utility relocation costs soar for California high speed rail project

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FRESNO, Calif. — Why do the costs of California’s high speed rail project keep rising? Utility lines in Fresno provide part of the answer.

A recent Los Angeles Times report notes that the costs of moving gas, water, and sewer pipes, and communications lines around Fresno has reached $396 million — nearly six times the estimate of $69 million made in 2013.

Both the amount of utilities to be relocated and the cost per foot for the relocation were underestimated, the Times reports, citing a staff memo. With the higher costs depleting the budget for the work, the board for the California High Speed Rail Authority has reallocated $40 million, originally intended for track installation, to continue funding the utility work.

The full Times report is available here.

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