Several nighttime closures are planned next week for highways 99 and 58 as well as Union Avenue, according to the city. 

Northbound Highway 99 between Ming Avenue and Wilson Road will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday to Thursday, with alternating closures of all lanes for barrier rail construction. The Ming Avenue offramp will also be closed.

Westbound Highway 58 between Highway 99 and Cottonwood Road will be closed on Monday and Tuesday with alternating closures of all lanes for electrical work.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the southbound Highway 99 on-ramp will also be closed for electrical work. Two outside lanes on southbound 99 between Ming and Union avenues will be closed as well.

There will be alternating lane closures for all lanes on Union Avenue near Highway 58 on Wednesday and Thursday. Union Avenue on- and offramps for eastbound Highway 58 will also be closed.

All closures are from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. At least one lane will remain open while work is under way, but motorists will need to use an adjacent interchange to enter or exit the freeway.

Additional closures for the Truxtun Avenue widening project are also planned for next week. The westbound right-turn lane onto northbound Oak Street will be closed between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

There will also be intermittent lane closures on the outside westbound lane on Truxtun from 7 p.m. to midnight through Monday.


The city’s Recreation and Parks department is holding its Operation Splash event on May 28.

The department will kick off the summer swimming season at the McMurtrey Aquatic Center, 1325 Q St., from 1-4 p.m. Besides swimming, there will be games, booths and other activities. The cost is $4 per person or $13 for groups of four.

For more information, call the aquatic center at 852-7430.


The Breakfast Rotary Club will present a thousand flags at the Park at River Walk on May 26 in recognition of Memorial Day.

Flags will be available to view starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at 11298 Stockdale Highway and will be on display through May 28. On Saturday, there will also be the singing of the national anthem and a performance of “Taps.”

On Memorial Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a Patriotic Fair including various vendors and exhibitors. There will also be speeches from local veterans and first responders.

Those who would like to purchase a flag to be used next weekend can order them at thousandflags.org. Sponsorships are $50 per flag. At the end of the weekend, flag sponsors can pick up their flag and a certificate for participating.

Proceeds from flag sponsorships will go toward Honor Flight Kern County, Wreaths Across America and other organizations.

For more information, call 599-3805 or 345-0015. 


Bakersfield resident Matthew Lagrand has been appointed to the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Lagrand, 40, is a member of the Kern Regional Center Board of Directors and the California Department of Developmental Disabilities Consumer Advisory Committee. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

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