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About Thomas Roads Improvement Program

The Thomas Roads Improvement Program (TRIP) is a cooperative effort between the City of Bakersfield, County of Kern, Caltrans and the Kern Council of Governments. The program was named in honor of former Congressman William M. Thomas, who led the effort to secure $630 million for area road projects in the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA: LU).

TRIP projects have been identified as necessary to relieve the stress on outdated infrastructure, caused by years of rapid growth in population, inter-regional travel, and freight movement. The projects will facilitate regional mobility, economic growth and development, as well as reduce travel time through major transportation corridors.

The TRIP office is staffed with personnel from the City, County, Caltrans and Parsons, the program management consultant.

 

 



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TRIP Updates

The Belle Terrace Overcrossing at State Route 99 has been closed in advance of demolition and replacement. The bridge will re-open in spring 2020. 

The northbound State Route 99 exit to Wible Road/Stockdale Highway is scheduled for closure on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. This closure is permanent.


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