Westside Parkway officially opens to all motorist

New freeway relieves surface street traffic

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Westside Parkway freeway officially opens as some drivers eagerly wait to hit the road, Friday.

The project was 5 years in the making and is the first freeway project that the city of Bakersfield has seen in 40 years.

The $177.7 million project was originally slated to open in late 2012, but it was pushed back, causing some people to wonder if it would ever open.

Today your drive home should be a lot quicker if your destination is west of town.

Officials are expecting the new freeway to relieve traffic congestion along Stockdale and Rosedale Highway. They have estimated the commute to be cut down by at least 10 minutes.

Commuters that 23ABC spoke to said they have long anticipated the opening of the Westside Parkway and are grateful that it is finally opened.

The Westside Parkway officially opened  to all motorist just before 12:30 p.m. 

Officials started the day with ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Westside Parkway/Coffee Road interchange bridge.



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