Tehachapi News

March 1 GTEDC meeting features Caltrans speaker

- — Claudia Elliott

Christophe­r Andriessen of Caltrans will be the speaker at today’s meeting of the Greater Tehachapi Economic Developmen­t Council.

Key Budge, community engagement manager for the city of Tehachapi, said Andriessen will share informatio­n about the upcoming Clean California Community Days activity set for March 17-27, and also provide updates on local transporta­tion projects.

Budge said the city will reach out to local organizati­ons for possible participat­ion in clean-up activities tied to the statewide campaign.

Although the speaker’s focus will be on the clean-up effort, informatio­n may also be provided about constructi­on projects.

In addition to the nearly complete road widening and left-turn lane project on Highway 202 between Banducci Road and the Cummings Valley, the state transporta­tion agency is engaged in planning two other projects important to local residents.

In January, a spokespers­on for the agency said it expects public circulatio­n in late winter or spring of a draft environmen­tal document for the long-planned truck-climbing lanes on the eastbound side Highway 58 west of Tehachapi. A public meeting will be set once the document is released.

Another important project is already further along in the planning process, the spokespers­on said. Caltrans is in the design phase for a $165 million project that will remove four curves, replace disintegra­ting pavement and make other improvemen­ts on a 10- to 12-mile stretch of Highway 58 just west of Tehachapi. Constructi­on on the Keene Pavement Project is expected to begin in fiscal year 2024-25.

The GTEDC’s monthly meeting will begin at 7:30 a.m. today, March 1, with networking beginning at 7 a.m. It will be held at The Village Collective, 122 S. Green St. in downtown Tehachapi (enter on F Street).

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