On Thursday, city and leaders celebrated a groundbreaking in Bakersfield decades in the making. It’s a transportation milestone that countless city leaders failed to reach ever since the last stretch of Highway 58 was completed in 1976 and stopped in the middle of Bakersfield.
The groundbreaking marked the beginning of construction on what is called the “Loop -wrap Connector” which will connect State Route 58 with the Centennial Corridor freeway. It will eventually give Bakersfield its first ever east-west highway through town.
Bakersfield City Manager Alan Tandy says it’s a much needed project, finally getting underway.
“Bakersfield’s freeways haven’t been adequate or safe, certainly not for the last 40 years,” Tandy said.
“We have the dead-end of Highway 58 ending here in the wild west shopping center. We will have much better, free-flowing traffic in Bakersfield as a result of these projects.”
A reminder however, that with five transportation projects ongoing in the greater Bakersfield area, traffic congestion will be a factor to deal with for many months to come.