By The Bakersfield Californian
Saturday, Mar 16 2013 11:00 PM
Bakersfield's new freeway system might have once seemed like a pie in the sky dream, given its far-distant date of anticipated completion and a price tag so large it seemed almost incomprehensible. But look at it now: Local officials have just turned over symbolic dirt on another eight-mile stretch of road, and with other key components due to be finished this summer, it's clear Caltrans, the city of Bakersfield and the other vital players will be able to keep a promise that a previous generation of transportation officials failed to deliver on 40 years ago.
Work began last week on the final phase of the Westside Parkway, a $188 million project that will extend from westernmost Truxtun Avenue to Heath Road and, eventually, will significantly ease traffic for commuters in a city that has dramatically outgrown its outdated road infrastructure.