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Highway 99, city construction affecting Bakersfield College student route to school

Bakersfield College students affected by highway 99, city construction
Posted at 5:36 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 21:39:18-04

The first week of school is challenging for some, but for several Bakersfield College students, getting to school on time this semester will be their biggest obstacle.

Sophomore Veronica Garcia said “I have to plan on what time I have to leave in order for me to get here on time because one; the traffic, but two; all the construction that they’re doing. "

Freshman Addison Tatum also said her route is delayed, causing her to leave home "super early."

Caltrans shutdown the on-ramp onto northbound highway 99 on Monday, a 24-hour closure they say will last for at least 55 days.

On September 3, Caltrans says the off-ramp from northbound 99 onto 24th Street/Rosedale Highway will be closed around the clock for 55 days as well.

This move, prompting several businesses to plan ahead.

Bruce Escalante owns Original Hacienda Grill on the corner of Rosedale Highway and Buck Owens Boulevard. He says his business will be affected.

"This is going to be a lot of change for us, Escalante said." I think we have to readjust, especially with the workers coming in late. We have to try to figure out what’s going to be a better time for them to come in earlier.

Bakersfield Project Manager of the 24th Street construction, Ravi Pudipeddi said the city and Caltrans try to coordinate where construction takes place to alleviate traffic in areas that are more congested.

But, Vonnie Hanson, a Bakersfield resident, said that's not enough.

"It would have been nice if they didn't start some of the projects," Hanson said. They should have started one, finished it, then beginn another, she added.

Caltrans District 6 encourages the public to follow them on social media for the most recent closures and alerts.