Standard Street Alternative Access Separation of Grade

Kern County initiated this project to improve circulation and safety for the Standard Street Industrial Area. The project will construct a secondary access route to the industrial area by extending Atlas Street from Atlas Court just west of Standard Street to a new intersection with Landco Drive, south of the existing Hageman Road / Knudsen Road intersection.

The Standard Street industrial area is occupied by heavy and light industrial, oil refining and chemical process companies. The northern portion of the industrial park is only accessible along Standard Street at an at-grade crossing with the San Joaquin Valley Railroad (SJVR). This at-grade crossing is occasionally blocked by derailed train cars, trapping industrial park occupants and disrupting emergency access. Responsibilities and project elements and features include the following:

• Management of preliminary engineering, environmental clearance, final design and PS&E

• Railroad coordination, including development of a full CPUC application for a new railroad crossing and coordination of the railroad agreement between the County and the SJVR

• Alternatives development and assessment

• Utility research, conflict identification and relocation coordination

• Development of right of way requirements and acquisition coordination

• Permitting support

• Design approval coordination with the City of Bakersfield for project portions within City jurisdiction, including roadway extensions, a new signal at the Hageman Rd / Knudsen Rd intersection, realignment of a City irrigation canal and a new culvert at the realigned canal for the new Landco Drive extension

• Development of a railroad bridge design that utilizes accelerated construction techniques and staging with precast concrete components to build the bridge within a 3-day weekend railroad shutdown

• Design of tie-back walls to allow top down construction of the grade separation with the roadway being excavated and constructed after rail traffic is running on the new bridge

• Development of final design and PS&E for civil, roadway and structures components

• Design support during construction