Contractor Faults State for Calif. Project Delays

State failures may cause the California’s high speed rail project to miss a crucial 2022 federal deadline, one of the contractors on the project has charged.

Construction firm Tutor Perini told the Calfiornia High Speed Rail Authority in a 36-page letter that the project has been hindered by turnover of officials, delays in obtaining land, and failure to secure agreements with outside parties such as freight railroads and utilities.

Those developments have halted work at more than 500 parcels in the Fresno area as of mid-November the letter said.

Tutor Perini said it has slowed its work pace at other sites, laid off 73 workers and expects to make additional layoffs.

The rail agency’s chief executive, Brian Kelly, told The Los Angeles Times the letter “attempts to set out why project challenges are everybody else’s fault.”

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