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Ground Breaks on Completing $140 Million Veterans Blvd to Shaw Avenue



Veterans Blvd Groundbreaking
City leaders break ground on a Veterans Boulevard segment to Shaw Avenue on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2022. (Albert Baker/GV Wire)
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Fresno area leaders celebrated the groundbreaking on Veterans Boulevard on Thursday.

The boulevard, which has been nearly 40 years in the making, is intended to alleviate traffic bottlenecks linking Fresno west of Highway 99 to destinations east.

The area west of Highway 99 is sometimes called “Forgotten Fresno.” On Thursday, Feb. 18,2022, councilman Mike Karbassi said at the Veterans Boulevard groundbreaking that the area “is forgotten no more.” (GV Wire/Albert Baker)

Herndon to Shaw for Now

When completed, the $140 million project will connect Herndon Avenue on the east side of Highway 99 to Grantland Avenue west of 99 near Central Unified’s new Justin Garcia High School.

For now, however, Veterans will extend only to Shaw Avenue.

Completing the entire project won’t happen until there is new housing constructed east of Shaw and west of 99, said city public works director Scott Mozier.

Funding for the project has come from a combination of federal and state funds, as well as fees from local developers. The High-Speed Rail Authority is also building sections of the project.

Completion of the key $48 million Highway 99 interchange and the roadway to Shaw is expected by the end of 2023.

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