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Golden State Ave. to be closed this weekend

Northbound lanes undergoing maintenance
Posted at 8:33 PM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 23:38:14-04

It's an old but busy road and listed as "structurally deficient."

Golden State Avenue has been around for years and starting tonight, it will be closed for maintenance.

Drivers say it's a nuisance...

"A lot of potholes, lines aren't defined so you have people coming over and you don't really know what's going on," said Brie Bond, who commutes on the highway frequently.

Mario Salazar said, "It ruins you shocks, ruins your struts from all the big trucks that are driving up and down the road."

It has been around for years and serves as a main highway for commuters coming in and out of central Bakersfield.

"I travel it at least 10 times a day," said Bond.

And this weekend, Golden State Avenue is finally getting some work done.

According to Transportation of America, 38,000 cars travel through it a day.

It's also listed as being "structurally deficient."

But according to Paul Pineda with Caltrans, that shouldn't worry drivers.

"It's not going to collapse."

Pineda said the highway, which was built in 1933, is due for maintenance.

"There's some things that need to be fixed. The deck, the road surface," he said.

Caltrans will be shutting down a section of the roadway in order to grind down the existing pavement and repave it for a smoother ride.

"It's been old, its been failing, its cracked so we needed to rehabilitation," said Pineda.

Drivers said they don't mind the closure as long as the highway is in better condition.

"I very much appreciate  what they're doing and fixing the roads," said Bond.

"I think it's a good thing for all the people here in Bakersfield," said Salazar.

Road closures will only affect the north bound lanes starting tonight at 8 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m.

Lanes will be closed between F Street and Airport Drive. 

Next weekend, they'll be working on the southbound lanes.

Caltrans said detours will be posted in the area.

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