Alfred Harrell Highway

Alfred Harrell Highway – Bakersfield

Near the eastern end of the freeway. Note the narrow grass median strip.

Near the eastern end of the freeway. Note the narrow grass median strip.

View of the western end of the freeway. Roadway heading up the hill in the background is for downhill traffic coming from Panorama Point.

View of the western end of the freeway. Roadway heading up the hill in the background is for downhill traffic coming from Panorama Point.

Onramp near the middle of the freeway. Notice the lack of signage for even a street here.

Onramp near the middle of the freeway. Notice the lack of signage for even a street here.

Westerly view of the Alfred Harrell Freeway near the middle section.

Westerly view of the Alfred Harrell Freeway near the middle section.

The freeway portion of the Alfred Harrell Highway “Freeway” extends from China Grade Loop east to Hart Park. It was constructed to freeway standards using FAS money from 1956 to 1958. The reason for the construction of this freeway was to relieve traffic congestion heading to Hart Park. Beyond Hart Park, Alfred Harrel Highway resumes two-lanes. Grading work was done to continue the freeway but was never used. The Alfred Harrel Highway would be a great northern bypass of Bakersfield if it were ever completed as a full freeway from SR-178 to SR-99.

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