Public meeting Wednesday to vote on south Westside Parkway sound wall

Westside Pkwy soundwall meeting Wednesday

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Engineers said noise violations just south of the Parkway near Jewetta Ave do not exceed the federal standard.

Residents living nearby disagree.
 
"I have nothing to protect me from the I-5 freeway that's going in, except a chain link wall," said  Kristen Cimentel, who wants a sound wall put in.
 
15-foot soundw alls have already been constructed along the north side of the Westside Parkway project. The proposed centennial corridor faces a similar issue. The roadway that will connect Highway 58 to the Westside Parkway will cost $570 million to build with funding from the federal government. 
 
The sound walls would have to be paid for out of pocket.
 
Caltrans will be having a public meeting on Wednesday for residents to vote on sound wall construction, and to determine how much the walls will cost. The meeting will be from 4 to 7pm at Munsey Elementary School.
 
Caltrans officials say if more than 50 percent of the residents vote against the proposed sound wall, it will not be constructed
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