The Tuolumne Street Bridge in Downtown Fresno will reopen to traffic this week. Photo by Bridget Butler-Sullivan
Written by Bridget Butler-Sullivan
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in commemoration of the Tuolumne Street Bridge reopening Friday at 9 a.m.
The ceremony will take place on the east side of the bridge near the intersection of Tuolumne and Broadway streets in Downtown Fresno.
To ensure clearance for the existing Union Pacific Railroad tracks, as well as the addition of the high-speed rail alignment, the Tuolumne Street Bridge was destroyed in January 2016 by design-build contractor Tutor-Perini/Zachry/Parsons.
The bridge marks the first completed structure for the high-speed rail project. It is part of construction package one, the 32-mile segment between Madera and Fresno Counties.
The new bridge includes nearly 40,000 tons of recycled concrete and steel from the demolition, and included work from more than 15 small businesses.
Speaking at the ceremony will be Fresno Mayor Lee Brand; Tom Richards, vice chairmen of the high-speed rail board; Diana Gomez, central regional director of the high-speed rail project and Fresno City Councilmember Esmeralda Soria.
Previously a one-way bridge going east, the new bridge allows for two-way traffic, and includes wider pedestrian walkways and bike paths.