The City of Bakersfield is pleased to announce that the California Transportation Commission has authorized $26 million under the State Transportation Improvement Program for Phase 6 of the Westside Parkway. The funds will allow the City to complete the final two miles of the Westside Parkway between Allen Road and Stockdale Highway/Heath Road.The City is ready to begin work on this phase of construction and anticipates advertising for construction bids in July 2012. Construction would be expected to begin in fall 2012, and will take approximately two years to complete.Funding for construction of the Westside Parkway has been through the State Transportation Improvement Program and local funds. The project is administered under the Thomas Roads Improvement Program.Construction on the Westside Parkway began in spring 2009 with the groundbreaking of the Mohawk Street Extension (Westside Parkway Phase 1). This new 1.2-mile north-south arterial provided an additional connection over the Kern River, linking Rosedale Highway and Truxtun Avenue. The Mohawk Street Extension opened in June 2010, nearly eight months ahead of schedule.Currently, over five miles of freeway are under construction between Truxtun Avenue (near SR 99) and Allen Road. These phases of the project include interchanges at Truxtun Avenue, Mohawk Street, Coffee Road, Calloway Drive and Allen Road. Bridges have also been constructed across the Kern River, Friant-Kern Canal, and Jewetta Avenue. These phases of the Westside Parkway are expected to be completed in late 2012 or early 2013.General contractors who want to submit a construction bid for the final phase of the Westside Parkway must first submit a Responsibility Statement and Questionnaire (RSQ). The RSQ must be submitted prior to 4 p.m. on July 10, 2012.