Westside Parkway Project expected to open in August

Experts say car congestion could soon be over

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The car congestion you battle on your way to work could soon be over according to experts working on the Westside Parkway Project.

23ABC got to go on a behind the scenes tour of the new freeway that is expected to open in August.

Project Engineer Luis Topet said the project will be worth the wait for not just people who plan to use the new roadway, "it's gonna relieve a lot of traffic on the ulterior roads that are next to the Westside Parkway".

The five mile span from Mohawk to Allen Road will be the first section to open but Topet still wants you to be cautions as you cruise the freeway, "Right now we are not done. It might seem like the project is done and the freeway is all built but as you can see there's a lot of activity going on, a lot of people working here. Please don't attempt to go on the freeway right now", Topet explained.

The biggest change you'll see on the new freeway is what you'll be driving on.

According to Topet concrete will pave your way to work and recycled asphalt will coat the emergency lanes.

So far the project has cost $200 million dollars.

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