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The Thomas Roads Improvement Program (TRIP) is a cooperative effort between the City of Bakersfield, County of Kern, Caltrans and the Kern Council of Governments. The program was named in honor of former Congressman William M. Thomas, who led the effort to secure $630 million for area road projects in the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA: LU).
TRIP projects have been identified as necessary to relieve the stress on outdated infrastructure, caused by years of rapid growth in population, interregional travel, and freight movement. The projects will facilitate regional mobility, economic growth and development, as well as reduce travel time through major transportation corridors.
The TRIP office is staffed with personnel from the City, County, Caltrans and Parsons, the program management consultant.
24th Street Improvement Project
Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report
The Re-circulated Draft Environmental Impact Report (R-DEIR) for the 24th Street Improvement Project has been completed and is available for public review through February 25, 2016. A Public Hearing before the Bakersfield Planning Commission has been scheduled for January 21, 2016. The Planning Commission meets at City Hall South, Council Chambers, 1501 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.
The R-DEIR for the 24th Street Improvement Project was prepared to comply with an Order from the Superior Court for the State of California, County of Kern. The Court required two actions including the inclusion of cul-de-sacs into the proposed project, and expanded explanations pertaining to alternatives that were considered but rejected. The R-DEIR consists of the revised parts from the 2013 Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment. No significant changes to any environmental resource previously analyzed in the decertified 2013 FEIR/EA were found as a result of the analysis done in the R-DEIR, and no additional mitigation measures have been proposed.
The 45-day review period begins on January 11, 2016 and concludes on February 25, 2016. Comments only on the two revised portions contained in the R-DEIR can be sent to:
Thomas Roads Improvement Program
1600 Truxtun Ave., 3rd Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93301
or to firstname.lastname@example.org
Responses to comments on the two revised portions of the R-DEIR will be included in the Final EIR/EA.
The document is available to view onlineand will be available at the following locations during normal business hours:
Thomas Roads Improvement Program, 1600 Truxtun Avenue, 3rd floor
Community Development Department-Planning, Division 1715 Chester Avenue
Kern Council of Governments, 1401 19th Street, Suite 300
Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Avenue
Kern County Public Library – Wilson Branch, 1901 Wilson Road
Kern County Law Library, 1415 Truxtun Avenue, Rm. 301
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Centennial Corridor Early Acquisition
In February 2014, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved early release of $165 million to the City of Bakersfield to acquire right-of-way for the Centennial Corridor project. Bakersfield City Council voted to move forward with the early acquisition process at the Wednesday, March 5, 2014 meeting.
Under recent federal legislation, known as “The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (“MAP-21”), 23 USC 108, Congress authorized both Caltrans and eligible local public agencies to perform certain early acquisition activities. The purposes of early acquisition include expediting project delivery, creating jobs, and reducing hardship for those who own property in the proposed path of a project and who encounter difficulties when they seek to sell their property before final project approval. Early acquisition allows owners to voluntarily sell and relocate if they wish. Early acquisition has the potential to mitigate the disruptions and hardships that lengthy project schedules can impose on a community.
The Eminent Doman process is not allowed during early acquisition and properties acquired would not be demolished unless and until the environmental review process is complete. The properties would be preserved and monitored; and in most cases, made available for rent. If the project is not approved, the properties would be sold with the proceeds going to the City and federal government in proportion to the amounts each agency contributed to the acquisition.
Property owners whose properties are located within the path of the proposed Centennial Corridor project, and wish to sell their properties prior to the completion of the enviornmental review process, should contact:
Overland, Pacific, & Cutler
Centennial Corridor Early Acquisition Frequently Asked Questions