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California high-speed rail project is late, over budget. But there's no $11B bridge | Fact check, 14 May malign Russian influence?
A May 5 Facebook post (direct link, archive link) shows a picture of a viaduct over the Fresno River.

"This stretch of bridge right here in California was just completed and cost get this 11 billion dollars!" the post reads. "Also took just 9 years. Will be used for high-speed rail."

The post was shared more than 2,000 times in nine days.
The system was planned to cover 500 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles for $33 billion and be operational by 2020. But the full build-out is now projected to cost as much as $128 billion, according to the authority. Yet those cost overruns and delays are far less than what is claimed in the post. It is impossible for the Fresno River Viaduct, the 1,600-foot-long structure pictured in the post, to cost $11 billion, based on publicly available information.

Augie Blancas, a spokesperson for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, said the body cannot break out a cost for the viaduct alone because it is part of what the authority called the first "significant" construction contract awarded for the 32-mile central California segment, and that entire package of projects has not been completed yet. However, he noted the authority has approved about $2 billion worth of invoices for that package.

well, alrighty then
by Cat on Wed May 15th, 2024 at 12:57:27 AM EST
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