Sidewalk construction a concern near bus stop, vets' clinic

Sidewalk construction a concern near bus stop, vets' clinic
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The sidewalks are under construction in a part of central Bakersfield and some pedestrians have become concerned with safety.

People who travel on foot or by wheelchair along Westwind Drive, right outside the Eyewitness News studio, are particularly concerned with the sidewalk construction near the bus stop and the veterans' clinic.

“It’s been there for a while, at least two weeks. I thought it would be done by now," said Peggy Grindle, who walks to her doctor’s office on that street.

She said the torn-up concrete, and now the mud from recent rain, makes it treacherous for those who have mobility issues.

"You have to walk around, and it’s dangerous, because of the cars, or it’s real muddy, so you have to be real careful, because it’s slippery," she said.

Raul Rojas, director of Public Works, said they have crews working on different projects all over the city, so resources are spread thin. But, they expect construction to be completed in the next few weeks.

“There is a seven-day cure time each time we pour concrete, so that’s part of the process," Rojas said.

Once finished, the sidewalks will have handicap ramps to enable traffic to safely and easily access the bus stop.