Buena Vista Road will be closed at the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, north of Harris Road, starting next Monday until the end of June, city roads officials reported. A development involving Castle & Cooke is spurring the widening of northbound Buena Vista and upgrades to the rail crossing.

Traffic in both directions will make a detour around the closure using Harris, Mountain Vista Drive and Campus Park Drive.

Buena Vista will be closed between Vista Del Christo Drive to the south and Saint John's Lutheran Church to the north to allow for upgrades to road surfaces and crossing devices.

Nick Fidler, an engineer with the city, said the project has been many years in the making because numerous agencies and rail companies were involved.

When the work is done, northbound Buena Vista will have two lanes with room to expand to three when future traffic demands it. Southbound traffic will still have just one lane. Medians will prevent drivers from dodging crossing barriers.

The estimated completion date is June 25.

Calloway Drive's outer northbound lane is closed for the next two weeks between Marby Grange Way and Gleneagles Drive for work related to the Westside Parkway, Bakersfield's new east-west freeway now under construction.

Calloway's southbound outer lane continues to be shut as a four-lane detour is built to the west. The detour will handle traffic while the Westside Parkway is constructed underneath Calloway.

Three other north-south routes on Bakersfield's west side will be impacted for a year or more while the parkway is built. Coffee Road, south of Brimhall Road, will have lane reductions; Jewetta Avenue between Pecos River Drive and Braemar Lane will shut altogether for about a year starting this summer; and Allen Road at the Goose Lake Slough south of Brimhall will make a jog eastward, though no lanes will be closed.

A failing city sewer line at 32nd and H streets that required emergency repairs needed a bit of extra work, Bakersfield public works staff reported. It turns out fiber optic lines were in the way of the new sewer alignment, so crews had to dig about four feet deeper than expected to put the sewer line in. In all, the repair is expected to run about $310,000.


The Bakersfield City Council recently awarded a nearly $1.5 million contract for pavement reconstruction and other work on Coffee Road to Granite Construction. Federal stimulus funds will fully pay the cost of fixing up Coffee between the Friant Kern Canal and Riverlakes Drive/Meany Avenue, and the northbound stretch between Olive Drive and Norris Road.

The city council will hear a presentation on PG&E rates by Michael Turnipseed of the Kern County Taxpayers Association at Wednesday's council meeting, which starts at 5:15 p.m. in council chambers at 1501 Truxtun Ave.

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