S.R. 178 road widening project nationally recognized

The S.R. 178 road widening project received national recognition in the Roads and Bridges magazine as part of their Top 10 Roads in America, 2017.

Granite Construction Company widened the over-50 year old S.R. 178, that spans three miles. The road was completed on May 1 and cost $25.5 million. T.Y. Lin International designed the road.

The shift between Canteria Road/Bedford Green Drive and Masterson Street allowed the widening of the highway to six lanes. Other places the road was widened: from two lanes to six lanes, east of Morning Drive to Masterson Street and from two to four lanes from Masterson Street to Miramonte Drive.

Granite’s S.R. 178 road widening demanded careful consideration towards Bakersfield’s active San Joaquin kit fox population, an endangered species. With a great deal of environmental awareness, the team mitigated and monitored prior and throughout the construction.

20th Annual State of the County Address

The Kern Economic Development Corporation will present the 20th Annual State of the County Address at the Double Tree, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court, on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Online registration is open and tickets will be on sale on Jan. 24.

Tickets will only be available online through the Kern EDC at www.kedc.com. Individual tickets are $100 and $1,000 for a reserved table of 10.

Reception will start at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m.

The address will be presented by incoming Chair of the Kern County Board of Supervisors Mike Maggard, who will speak about Kern County’s model of excellence in 2017 and what to expect in 2018.

For more information contact Tamara Baker at tamara@kedc.com or 862-5150.

Sponsorship opportunities available for Give Big Kern

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, is Give Big Kern, an online crowdfunding effort of Kern Community Foundation that engages the entire community in “one day to celebrate the giving spirit of Kern County.” The 2017 effort raised nearly $150,000 and generated almost 15,000 volunteer hours benefitting 101 nonprofit organizations.

Sponsorships ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 are currently available for 2018 and provide a unique opportunity to brand your business on www.givebigkern.org, as well as social media, print, video and live events engaging thousands of donors and community partners.

Contact Louis Medina at 661-616-2603 or Louis@kernfoundation.org or go to www.kernfoundation.org/givebigkern.org for more information.

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