A section of the Kern River Multi-Use path will be temporarily closed beginning Thursday, March 16th for up to three weeks to allow the Kern County Water Agency to make emergency repairs to an existing berm from Allen Road to approximately one mile west. The Kern County Water Agency determined repairs are immediately necessary to ensure the integrity of the
berm due to erosion and in preparation for increased water flow within the river channel due to impending snow melt.
The south bank of the Kern River channel in this area has eroded to within a few feet of the bike path due to near record high water flows from winter rain and snow storms. The path, which is located on top of the berm needing repairs, will remain closed for the duration of the work within this area. Upon completion of the berm repairs, crews will restore the path on the berm. The remainder of the path to the east and west of the work area will remain open for use.
These repairs are necessary to ensure the safety of the users of path, as well as to ensure that no adjacent water recharge facilities are damaged. Damage to nearby water recharge facilities would significantly impact critical groundwater recharge activities during what is a near record water year.
Additional updates will be provided should the estimated timeline to complete the repairs change. Users of the path are asked to avoid this area and obey all signage and crewmember direction during the duration of the work.
A map of the impacted path area is enclosed for reference.
For more information, please contact Jason Meadors with the City Water Department at 661-326-3715 and Kern County Water Agency at 661-634-1400.
( Path Closure Map )