23ABC preview: Highway 178 Morning Drive interchange work continues

BAKERSFIELD - The State Route 178 Morning Drive interchange construction that began last September continues to move on track.

"The project is been going very smoothly, we are on schedule," said Kris Budak, project manager.

The project is expected to be completed by August 2015.

Construction has caused some minor delays that are expected to continue intermittently.

Traffic control will continue for the next two weeks along SR178, in the vicinity of the Fairfax Road Interchange to Canteria Drive.

Contractors will be hauling materials onto the job site and crews will be conducting traffic control as needed with the use of flagging personnel, Monday through Friday, June 2-13, 2014. These operations will be conducted between the hours of 6 a.m.and 4 p.m., each day.

In April, westbound 178 traffic joined the eastbound lanes, as part of the construction of the Morning Drive bridge.

Westbound 178 traffic will be detoured on the eastbound lane for the next year during the construction of the bridge.

Motorists are reminded to obey the speed limit, flagging personnel and construction signs and to pay close attention to road construction vehicles and personnel while driving through this area.

When completed, you will be able to take Morning Drive between SR 178 and Highway 58. There will be three lanes in each direction, with the six-foot bike lane.

SR 178 will be two lanes from Fairfax to Canteria Drive, with future improvements heading east on SR 178.

As part of the bid, Granite Construction is utilizing surface material for road base and recycling portions of the old SR 178 asphalt, saving millions of dollars.

"We had a great bid on this project and by using the material that is here in every possible way, they were able to save money because they reduce their hauling cost," said Budak.

The Thomas Roads Improvement Program apologizes for any inconvenience this work may cause the traveling public. 

For additional information on the State Route 178/Morning Drive Interchange Project, www.BakersfieldFreeways.us .

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