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Insanity - Move the entire 99 Freeway 100 feet for a train no one will ride
- Bi-partisan stupidity on a grand scale.
- Republican businessmen and Democratic labor unions alike are lining up to suck at the teat of the bullet train.
Relocating a two-mile stretch of Highway 99 in west-central Fresno will be no easy feat in the proposed development of a high-speed train line through the city.
The rail authority's plans call for shoving the freeway westward by 100 feet or so -- onto property now occupied by a string of businesses. They include a pair of mini-storage companies, several motels, a mobile-home park, an RV dealership, a truck stop and an assisted-living facility reports the Fresno Bee.
It's also not known yet how much the highway relocation will cost. The cost, she added, is included in the overall estimate of $1.5 billion to $2 billion for the construction work through Fresno.
That's why the California High-Speed Rail Authority will look to the state's highway department to handle the work instead of contractors who would build the first section of the state's high-speed rail project in Fresno.
The California Department of Transportation will be responsible for moving Highway 99 between Ashlan and Clinton avenues.
"Caltrans is working diligently toward an interagency agreement with the High-Speed Rail Authority to identify the scope, cost and timing of the Highway 99 realignment project in Fresno," the agency said in a statement.
A 29-mile segment of the line from east of Madera to the south end of Fresno is proposed to be the first stretch built on what would ultimately extend to a 520-mile system of trains connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco through the San Joaquin Valley.
The authority believes construction on the section could start late this year or early next year and be completed in 2016.