Caltrans reopens Highway 46 ahead of schedule

Travelers wanting to head to the Central Coast will have an easier time coming from Bakersfield.

Highway 46 has reopened ahead of schedule, allowing drivers for the first time in months. 

Driving the news: Caltrans announced Sunday that Highway 46 in Kern County reopened after being closed for nearly two months. 


  • Caltrans shut down the highway in October to work on a road widening project near Los Hills. 
  • The closure was originally scheduled through Wednesday, but Caltrans crews and Granite Construction finished the job early. 
  • The Highway 46 Widening Project is scheduled to finish next summer. 

What they’re saying: “We’re pleased to see an end to this full closure and the roadway open ahead of holiday travel,” said Caltrans District 6 Director Diana Gomez in a statement. “I would also like to extend our gratitude to the community for their patience, and our project partners for their diligence in bringing this operation to completion ahead of schedule.”

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