A nearly $1 million urban greening project to make walking and biking safer along the highly-trafficked Kentucky Street is almost ready to get underway.
The City of Bakersfield held a groundbreaking ceremony for the project on Tuesday, November 10.
Work by contractor Cen-Cal Construction is expected to start on Monday, November 16 and last about 40 working days.
A new marked and signed crosswalk will be installed at the intersection of Williams and Kentucky Streets and almost 36,000 square feet of new and improved sidewalk pavement will be added as well. The sidewalk will include three ADA-compliant access ramps.
A Class II bike path and a Class IV cycle track will be included, enhancing the community's green mobility options.
Though the total project cost is $903,481, the City was awarded an $835,504 grant from the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) for reducing greenhouse gases by providing the greening of public land and offering safe, green routes for travel from home to work and to school.
More than 800 drought-tolerant trees and shrubs will also be planted in the area as part of the project, bringing a greener aesthetic to the corridor between Beale Avenue and the County boundary.
New solar powered street lights will also be installed along the stretch of Kentucky Street.
City Manager Christian Clegg, Mayor Karen Goh and Councilmember Andrae Gonzales (Ward 2) were joined at the event by Williams Elementary School principal Dr. Jazmine Frias, Zane Smith, the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County, Cindy Parra of Bike Bakersfield, and Dave Snyder, the Executive Director of the California Bicycling Coalition.