Cedar Street traffic creates dangerous place for residents

Neighbors scramble to create cul-de-sacs

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - During the afternoon rush, 24th Street can get backed up and neighbors say traffic is spilling over to their block, making it a dangerous place to live. 

"24th Street is going to be a six lane highway and cars are going to be able to turn off onto our street," Bernadette Root who lives on Cedar Street, said. "It is going to be like a freeway." 

Root has lived on Cedar Street for over 13 years, and like many of her neighbors, she wants to improve safety by blocking her street off.

"I pull out of my driveway and I'm almost hit because I'm the second house on the street," Root said, "we would very much like to have a cul-de-sac."

When the City Council voted on the cul-de-sacs, they needed 100 percent homeowner approval, but the rules changed, leaving one homeowner who doesn't support the idea holding things up.

"The cul-de-sac would create an atmosphere where people wouldn't be fearful that their children were going to get hit on the street," Maci Lingo, another resident on the street, said.

Other creative solutions have been proposed, like reducing the size of the cul-de-sac. The City Council will deliberate on the ideas to relieve the street from danger next month. 

 

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