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Judge sides with city on 24th Street widening project

FILE -- A car is seen on 24th Street in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo, file)

A Kern County judge ruled Friday in favor of the city in its controversial project to widen 24th Street.

Opponents to the project sued the city and Caltrans, claiming the original environmental-impact report was flawed and violated the California Environmental Quality Act.

Judge Kenneth Twisselman has now lifted an order that blocked the city from moving forward with the project during the lawsuit. The opponents have about a month to appeal the judge's decision.

The project aims to widen 24th Street to three lanes in each direction between Olive and D streets, while having four lanes on 23rd and 24th between D and M streets. To execute its plan, the city must demolish nearly two dozen homes along the route.

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