Weedpatch Highway Rehabilitation

Project Description

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposes to rehabilitate State Route 184 between post mile 0.8, near Dunnsmere Street, and post mile 8.6 at Breckenridge Road in Kern County. The project would provide 8-foot-wide shoulders along the length of the project in both directions. Guardrail would be installed in both directions at the Eastside Canal. Three drainage basins and storage ditches would be constructed to address existing areas prone to flooding. The project consists of Complete Streets elements, such as upgrading existing non-standard curb ramps, sidewalks, and driveways where required within the Caltrans right-of-way. Pedestrian crossings and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades would be made at two railroad crossings (Di Giorgio Avenue and Edison Highway). Class 2 bike lanes would be installed in both directions. Traffic signal modifications and/or upgrades would be made at several intersections. Pre-signals for the railroad crossings and other electrical items may be installed or upgraded throughout the project limits. These would include traffic loop detectors, pull-boxes, demarcation cabinets, park and ride lighting, and vehicle detection systems. Raised median curbs would be added at nine locations to improve safety for motorists making turns.


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Project Benefits


The purpose of this project is to restore the facility to a state of good repair so that the roadway is in a condition that only requires minimal maintenance expenditures. The project would replace and upgrade other highway elements within the project limits that are failing, worn out, or functionally obsolete.


The frequency of repairs required is surpassing the availability of State maintenance forces and has resulted in increased costs of maintaining State Route 184 within the project limits. The Pavement Condition Survey characterizes the road as having mild pavement distress. At various locations, the existing shoulder widths are not to current standards. Also, existing sidewalks and curb ramps are not to current standards. Pedestrian and bicyclist accessibility are not continuous within the project limits.


Estimated Funding Breakdown

Construction Cost: $30.9 million



  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • County of Kern


Proposed Project Schedule

Process Date
Final environmental document to be completed October 2020
Right-of-way acquisition to be completed April 2023
Design to be completed November 2022
Advertise July 2023
Construction to begin November 2023
Construction to be completed November 2025


Project Contacts

Paul Pineda, Project Manager
Phone: (661) 326-3416

Som Phongsavanh, Environmental Planner
Phone: (559) 246-8601

District 6 Public Information Office
Phone: (559) 444-2409
Email: d6.public.info@dot.ca.gov




Title VI Information

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) assures that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance, as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and Federal Executive Order 12898 (Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations).

Caltrans will make every effort to ensure nondiscrimination in all of its programs and activities, whether they are federally funded or not, and that services and benefits are fairly distributed to all people, regardless of race, color, or national origin. In addition, Caltrans will facilitate meaningful participation in the transportation planning process in a nondiscriminatory manner.