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Judge approves injunction for 24th St widening project

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A Kern County judge has approved an injunction for Bakersfield's 24th Street widening project.

The expansion of 24th Street would include the demolition of 23 homes.

A group of Westchester residents, called Citizens Against the 24th Street Widening Project, sued the city and Caltrans in 2014, alleging violations of the California Environmental Quality Act.

Judge Kenneth Twissleman ruled Friday that the city must fully complete a revised environmental-impact report before proceeding.

The city is allowed to negotiate the purchase of property in preparation for the widening, though the transactions can't be completed until the EIR is approved.

No construction can take place until the EIR is approved.

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