Cul-de-sacs limit parking, increase security for local residents

West-Chester residents voice concerns over parking

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The cul-de-sacs in the West-Chester neighborhood along 24th Street are in, and while residents feel safe being cut off from the heavy traffic, they will now have to deal with another problem—parking.

Crews were out painting a long continuous red line along the cul-de-sacs all throughout Monday and at least one resident told 23ABC that they are not happy about the appearance of the bright red curbs.

But city officials say the red cul-de-sacs were needed because they are smaller than normal and in order to have a radius for emergency vehicles, they cannot have cars parked there blocking the road.

Neighbors say while it isn't pretty, it does give them a sense of security.

"If any of my neighbors have a fire or have an emergency, the cul-de-sac is there for them so they can bring in that fire truck or ambulance," said Monica Beeman. "I can't park there, but that doesn't mean there can't be a driveway put somewhere or making more room for automobile space."

Each cul-de-sac cost the city about 18-thousand dollars to complete.

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