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Judge rules against Bakersfield in 24th Street widening project

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A Kern County judge has put the brakes on the city's 24th Street widening project.

Judge Kenneth Twissleman ruled Friday that the city failed to do an adequate environmental-impact report and failed to adequately explain why it rejected alternatives to the widening of 24th Street.

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

The widening project along 24th Street would demolish 23 homes.

Andy Heglund, attorney for the city of Bakersfield, said the City Council will discuss the matter in closed session at its meeting May 6 and decide how the city will proceed with the project.

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