The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and Fresno County Transportation Authority (FCTA) will mark the beginning of work on the final segment of the “Kings Canyon Expressway” with a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, October 12 at 11 a.m. at the Thorburn Access Park.
The $55 million project will extend the current 4-lane expressway 4.5 miles from Smith Avenue to Frankwood Avenue in Eastern Fresno County. This project aims to facilitate improved traffic flow within this rural area and provide an enhanced route between the metro Fresno area and both Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.
“Over the years, Fresno and the surrounding communities have experienced a population surge and it’s our job at Caltrans to provide roads that can accommodate such growth,’ said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “And with two national parks in their backyard, it’s only fitting that local residents have a quality access route to those destinations.”