Rail meetings to detail Chowchilla alignment change

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is looking at alternatives for Chowchilla's Wye section.The California High-Speed Rail Authority is looking at alternatives for Chowchilla's Wye section.A few months after settling a lawsuit with the City of  Chowchilla, the California High-Speed Rail Authority is back at the drawing table to tweak a section of track through the town.
In its lawsuit filed last June against the authority, the city took issue with the rail's alignment through its Wye area where it was planning a large annexation along Avenue 24 intended for a multi-use commercial, entertainment and industrial development.

Under the settlement agreement reached in January, the authority promised to quell concerns that the corridor would split the city by following Highway 99 and the Union Pacific rail line running north to south coupled with another route that branches off at Avenue 24 running east to west, forming a "Y"-like shape.

To do that, the authority will hold a couple of meetings in the next few weeks to provide an update on the Central Valley Wye and proposed next steps and alignment alternatives for the five-mile section.

The meetings, intended for residents of Merced, Madera and Fresno County, will also give attendants the opportunity to talk with authority staff on what they would like the route to look like.

The meetings will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the following locations:

• March 20: Galilee Baptist Church, 22491 Fairmead Blvd., Fairmead
• March 27: Chowchilla Fairgrounds, Little Theater, 1000 S. Third St., Chowchilla

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