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By Casey Christie/ The Californian
By The Bakersfield Californian
The county will close the Justice Building parking lot at 1215 Truxtun Ave. in downtown Bakersfield from Nov. 4 to mid-February to accommodate repaving, parking realignment and other improvements designed to make it safer for pedestrians and more accessible for the disabled.
Alternative parking will be available.
In addition to repaving, the work includes rotating parking lanes 90 degrees, creating special lanes for vehicles to pick up and drop off people, relocating and improving disabled parking and path of travel, and adding a disabled-accessible ramp. The L Street crosswalk spanning from the Justice Building parking lot to the Superior Court building will also be moved to the middle of the block from its current location next to the parking lot driveway.
The county will incorporate disabled access ramps at the crosswalk.
"We know this will inconvenience court customers for a few months, but when the work is done, it will be much easier to enter and drive through the lot, and to walk safely to and from your vehicle," Kern County General Services Director Jeff Frapwell said in a news release.
During construction, parking will be available in the Jury Services parking lot south of the Justice Building parking lot; at the lot on the west side of Chester Avenue at 14th Street behind the Kern County Mental Health building at 14th and K streets; at the Rabobank Arena lot at 14th and N streets; and at the Beale Library at Truxtun and S Street.
A disabled accessible railway pedestrian bridge with an elevator is available on the east side of N Street, and walkways are available on both sides of Chester at the railroad tracks.