City Council looks for solutions to 24th Street crosswalks

A crosswalk at 24th and Drake in Bakersfield, Calif., is seen Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Bakersfield is preparing to start the widening of 24th Street, and part of that project could be getting rid of two crosswalks.

One crosswalk is on A Street, and another on Drake Street.

Wednesday night, the city toyed with the idea of getting rid of the crosswalks to widen the street. Public Works Director Nick Fidler said having a crosswalk with the new project is dangerous.

“The design consultant for the project identified safety issues with both crossings,” said Fidler.

No crosswalk means people would have to walk farther to get to the community school, park and pool. People from the community spoke out against eliminating the crosswalks.

"We don't want to get into our cars just to go across to the other side of our neighborhood," said resident Gary Enns. “People will cross where it’s convent and viable, so without any pedestrian access at that location, the city would be creating a dangerous situation. Taking a crosswalk away doesn't make things safer. It makes things more dangerous."

The council made no decision Wednesday night but did ask for a new design to be made for a crosswalk for the council's consideration.

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