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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TRIP projects have been identified as necessary to relieve the stress on outdated infrastructure, caused by years of rapid growth in population, interregional travel, and freight movement.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. The City, County and Caltrans serve as operational leads on various projects, but the entire team works cooperatively in the effort to accelerate schedules and move the projects toward completion.
Westside Parkway Opens
The Westside Parkway, from Truxtun Avenue to Allen Road, officially opened to traffic on Friday, August 2, 2013, following a ribbon cutting ceremony. To see additional pictures, click here.
The State Route 99 construction projects, currently underway in the greater Bakersfield area, are under Caltrans management. For information regarding these projects, and all other state highways, please visit Caltrans website. You may also call 1-800-427-7623 for current highway conditions. For additional information regarding the State Route 99 construction projects, please call Tami Conrado at 559-488-4082.
Caltrans has issued the following status update for the Centennial Corridor Project:
June 6, 2013 -- Caltrans hosted an open house to make the public aware of the current proposal to circulate the Draft EIR/EIS with Alternative B as the Caltrans recommended preferred alternative. After seeking public input, Caltrans is evaluating the information provided by local property owners and other public agencies for the Centennial Corridor.
It was stated at the Public Information meeting and in the Centennial newsletter that the Draft Environmental Document (DED) would be out in spring of 2013. The early acquisition of Right-of-Way and the DED circulation have been delayed while we explore information presented. The early acquisition of Right-of-Way and the DED circulation is expected to be sometime in Fall of 2013.
Caltrans takes its responsibilities very seriously and held the open house to make sure we had all the relevant information before we went forward with Alternative B.
For information on the Centennial Corridor Project, call toll-free at 1-888-404-6375
or email: Centennial@dot.ca.gov