BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Demolition for the Belle Terrace Bridge is scheduled to begin on Tuesday.
According to Janet Wheeler of the Thomas Roads Improvement Project, the demolition will require several nights of full freeway closures on SR-99, as well as SR-58/SR-99 connector ramps and the Ming Avenue on-ramp to northbound SR-99.
On Tuesday, February 19, the contractor plans to begin bridge demolition work above the southbound lanes on SR-99. The first freeway lane will be closed at 9 p.m. Additional lanes will close at 10 p.m. All southbound lanes and all but one northbound lane will be closed at 11 p.m.
The construction will also require the closure of the following ramps: northbound SR-99 to eastbound SR-58 connector, westbound SR-58 to southbound SR-99 connector, and the Ming Avenue on-ramp to northbound SR-99. All lanes and ramps are expected to open by 5 a.m. These closures will also be in effect on Thursday, February 21.
On Wednesday, February 20, the contractor plans to begin bridge demolition work above the northbound lanes on SR-99. All northbound lanes and all but one southbound lane will be closed. The northbound SR-99 to eastbound SR-58 connector and the Ming Avenue on-ramp to northbound SR-99 will be closed, but the westbound SR-58 to southbound SR-99 connector will remain open. Lanes closures will begin at 9 p.m., with final closures implemented at 11 p.m. All lanes and ramps are expected to open at 5 a.m.
Wheeler says demolition and nighttime closures may continue into the first week of March.