An Oildale neighborhood is getting some much needed improvement.County crews have been on the job for more than a week, but much of this area has been without sidewalks ever since the homes were built, some more than 50 years ago."It's a great upgrade to this neighborhood and it might give people the incentive to clean up around here a little bit," said Gary Mansfield, resident.Eleven streets east of north Chester between Roberts Lane and Vine Avenue will get new curbs and gutters."Come on, I have been living here for 58 years and now they get the money to fix this area up? This should have been done years ago," said Craig Smith, resident.
County officials said the area is in much need of improvement because when it rains the whole area floods due to poor drainage and the new gutters should help.Many areas in Kern County still don't have curbs and gutters. But state and local funding is slowly changing that, according to the county roads department.County officials said this funding comes from local transportation bond money because the area does not qualify for state-assisted funds such as the Safe Routes To School Grant."It's the jobs, that's what tickles me to death, these guys are working making a buck. Instead of drawing unemployment or doing without. That's a positive thing to me," said Fred Cline, resident.The project, which was approved a year and a half ago, cost about $735,000 and is expected to be completed by the beginning of the year.