SACRAMENTO (AP) —
California high-speed rail officials are recommending a $350 million bid to design and build a 22-mile segment of the rail line through Tulare and Kings counties.
The rail authority said Tuesday that a bid from California Rail Builders appears to be the best value for the state. It made the recommendation to the rail authority board of directors, which is meeting next week.
Construction on the $68 billion project has been behind schedule as the state has struggled to acquire land from reluctant sellers in the Central Valley.
Authority CEO Jeff Morales says work on more than 100 miles of infrastructure will soon be under way in the Central Valley.
Five teams bid on Construction Package 4. The winning bid came in under estimates of $400 million to $500 million.