Tricky Bakersfield intersection set for redesign

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Complaints from drivers of unsafe conditions and poor visibility at Westwind Drive and Truxtun Avenue prompted the city to seek an intersection redesign.

Turning from eastbound Truxtun onto Westwind is complicated because of fast-moving traffic on westbound Truxtun and a hill that makes seeing oncoming traffic a problem.

City Councilman Terry Maxwell proposed the idea of adding a stop light at the intersection, but a traffic study found that "wasn't warranted," according to Public Works Director Nick Fidler.

Fidler said although the segment didn't qualify for a stop light, they are making plans to improve the intersection.

They plan to expand the segment of Truxtun between the Highway 99 overpass and Oak Street from four lanes to six lanes. This will require design clearance from Caltrans, which is currently pending.

Fidler said they will "shift the road south," and adjacent city-owned land will allow them room to straighten the road and improve the line of sight.

The expansion will allow for an acceleration lane to be added for motorists leaving Westwind and turning west onto Truxtun.

A turning lane will also be added for drivers traveling on westbound Truxtun that wants to turn onto Westwind.

A final design of the segment still must be presented and approved. Funds for the project will be requested in early 2015 through the city budget process. Construction for the redesign could start by late 2015.