Preliminary Design, California High Speed Rail
Fresno to Merced, CA
Project Dates: 2007-2012
Client: California High Speed Rail Authority
Cost: $69 Billion (Los Angeles to San Francisco)
Project Description: The Fresno to Merced section of the 800-mile High Speed Rail system is 60 miles long. It parallels Highway 99 through the northern stretch of the San Joaquin Valley. The station will be in the city of Merced, where it will connect with the Merced to Sacramento section, and Fresno, where it will connect with the Fresno to Bakersfield section.
Services: PARIKH Consultants, Inc. is on the Preliminary Design team. The firm provided an investigation for the general geologic setting in the project area, and general soil conditions and groundwater data along the project corridor. The firm reviewed available exploration data in the project corridor and developed an exploration program. The program took into consideration the major planned High Speed Rail, roadway structures, and track alignment.
PARIKH provided the initial data collection study for the Merced to Fresno segment based on the BNSF Railroad and Route 99 alignment during the environmental phase. PARIKH provided a data report for Construction Package One (CP1) in between Avenue 17 to Clinton Avenue. In support of the design-build procurement package 1, PARIKH conducted over one-hundred explorations, laboratory testing, and data analysis. The design-build program was a very aggressive schedule and required around-the-clock scheduling with multiple crews during field exploration. PARIKH prepared a Geotechnical Baseline Report (GBR) for the CP1 to assist the procurement team in their design-build efforts. All work was completed on time, within budget, and according to project-specific standards.