City: Court denies injunction request from citizens' group, 24th Street project to resume
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
Work can resume on 24th Street widening project.
The city announced Friday that an appellate court has denied the request for an injunction from the group Citizens Against the 24th Street Widening Project. The group sued the city over the project's environmental-impact report, claiming it did not meet the requirements set by the California Environmental Quality Act.
The city said roadwork has been delayed nearly two years, in part because of the legal battles.
The project will include the demolition of a stretch of homes along 24th Street so another lane of traffic can be added in each direction. It includes mitigation measures, such as a sound wall and verdant landscaping.
The city manager's office said final design was restarted this fall, but more field work is needed.
The city has acquired all but one full parcel in the way of the expansion, with several partial acquisitions still needed. The first demolition could take place this spring, followed by construction of the sound wall.
The sound wall design will be addressed during the City Council’s Jan. 25 meeting, according to the city manager's office.