The eastbound Westside Parkway loop off-ramp to Truxtun Avenue will be reduced to one lane next week to enable work on the Kern River Bridge Improvements Project, according to the City of Bakersfield.

The change moves eastbound Truxtun Avenue traffic away from the edge of the road while a new bridge embankment is built on the south side of the road. The embankment is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete; the loop ramp will remain one lane until the bridge work across Truxtun Avenue is done, the city said.

It said the contractor plans to install channelizers and temporary concrete barrier rail along Truxtun Avenue in the area of the off-ramp Monday through Wednesday nights (Aug. 14-16). Drivers should expect lane closures in the area between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

At least one lane will remain open while work is underway. Although the eastbound loop ramp will be reduced to one lane, eastbound and westbound travel lanes are expected to remain open to daytime traffic.

Nighttime closures are also planned for the Westside Parkway — in both directions — from just west of the Mohawk Street off-ramp to Truxtun Avenue. Drivers should anticipate alternating lane closures in this area on Sunday through Thursday nights (Aug. 13-17), between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

At least one lane will remain open in each direction at all times. If needed, the closures will continue during the same days and hours next week.

The contractor will be re-striping the road and placing channelizers on eastbound Westside Parkway to funnel traffic down to one lane prior to the Truxtun Avenue loop off-ramp. In addition, temporary concrete barrier rail will be placed along the inside shoulders in both directions in this area to allow for construction in the median. Lane closures are expected to be lifted in time for the morning commute.

The Kern River Bridge Improvements project is the first phase of the Centennial Corridor project; it constructs bridges and makes the necessary improvements for the future freeway’s connection to the Westside Parkway.

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