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Group fighting the controversial Centennial Corridor Project celebrating legal victory

Posted at 10:51 PM, Oct 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-01 01:51:17-04

A Southwest Bakersfield neighborhood association fighting the controversial Centennial Corridor project is celebrating a legal victory Monday.

A judge with the 5th District Court of Appeal in Fresno ruled Monday that the City of Bakersfield can't use state gas tax funds to help pay for their share of the project.

The Westpark Home Owners Association (WHOA) was fighting the project and claims the city didn't have permission to use those funds. While a lower court initially denied that claim, the appellate court reversed that decision.

It's unclear how the City will proceed from here.

"We're happy with the decision," WHOA co-chair Marc Caputo told 23ABC News. "Our lawyers did a phenomenal job in being able to get the necessary support for this victory"

CLICK HERE TO READ THE APPELLATE COURT RULING

Several homes and businesses have already been destroyed for the project -- which is planned to connect Highway 58 to the Westside Parkway.

 

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