Rosedale Widening Project Underway

Kern County and Bakersfield representatives have broken ground on a nine-month project that will widen Rosedale Highway from Gibson Street to Calloway Drive.

City manager Alan Tandy says drivers will notice a major difference in traffic flow once the project is completed.

“It’ll be three lanes in each direction with a center median that restricts some  of the turn movements,” he said. “The additional lane capacity should help accelerate people through and people won’t have to wait for two cycles of the light.”

Construction will cost around $16 million. Tandy says final inspection costs and pre-construction land buys will push the final price tag over $20 million.

– Anthony Pollreisz