All of us who often travel east on Highway 58 will be happy to know that the contractor building the Kramer Junction Bypass Project plans on finishing the 12.9-mile freeway this coming November. However, the absolute completion date where all traffic lanes are open for us motorists is scheduled for completion in April 2020.
This stretch of new expressway will make Highway 58 a four-lane road all the way from Bakersfield to Barstow, where drivers can connect with Interstate 15 and Interstate 40. Until the job is completed, however, traffic is still funneled down to that dangerous two-lane nightmare of a road on either side of Kramer Junction.
The construction project with its two bridges, plus the concrete paving, drainage inserts and retaining walls, isn't cheap.
I'm flabbergasted at the cost of this job, but I bet a lot of motorists don't care about the cost and are relieved that they won't get stuck anymore in umpteen mile-long traffic jams trying to get through Kramer Junction during peak driving times.
There will be on-ramps and off-ramps at Kramer if we motorists wish to stop at businesses there. This project should have been done decades ago, but now all the complaining about Kramer is finally over.
Dennis Tope, Tehachapi