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An update that many neighbors have been waiting for includes lane lines and caution sign

Posted at 11:48 PM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-18 02:48:11-04

Residents in northwest Bakersfield say it took longer than it should have to put up caution signs or paint the westbound roadway of Stockdale highway, but even the smallest change has put some residents at ease.

For several years the stretch of Stockdale highway just after Westside parkway has been one of the most dangerous roads to travel, mainly because of its lack of lane lines and sufficient lighting.

But tonight many residents have noticed the fresh paint and flashy yellow signs that were put in saying they hope they will do the job to prevent any future accidents from happening.

“As you come down Stockdale it's wide, the shoulder's wide. And then as soon as you get to Norde, where we are, it narrows to a single lane and the people are going so fast they just can't adjust to it and they hit this pole,” said resident Jerry Frith.

While other neighbors like Rosa Costamagna are also thankful, saying that so far this year they've had at least four accidents that have knocked out their power because of the lack of warning to merge lanes.

“When somebody travel in the middle of the night and they didn't realize that you have to turn right and they keep going straight and hit the power line,” said Costamagna.

And while many neighbors were thankful something was done, others said they hope this is just the beginning because this stretch of highway is still dangerous even with the newest additions.