City leaders hold groundbreaking for Truxtun widening project

Officials hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Truxtun Avenue widening project Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

City leaders officially broke ground Friday on a project that's expected to ease traffic along Truxtun Avenue.

The project will widen Truxtun to three lanes in both directions from Elm Street to Empire Drive. That portion includes the congestion-prone intersection of Truxtun and Oak.

Crews will also flatten a bend in Truxtun at Westwind Drive. City leaders say the curve provides low visibility and has become increasingly dangerous.

They say the goal of the project is to ultimately give people a less stressful commute.

The project will cost around $7 million and will take about a year to complete.

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