Alfred Harrell Highway

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 Federal Aid money from 1956 to 1958. Interchanges were constructed at China Grade Loop, Fairfax Road, and Goodmanville Access Road. The reason for the construction of this freeway was to relieve traffic congestion heading to Hart Park.

USGS map showing Alfred Harrell Highway from Panorama Hills to Hart Park.
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.

Beyond Hart Park, Alfred Harrell Highway resumes two-lanes. Grading work was done to continue the freeway but was never used. The Alfred Harrell Highway would be a great northern bypass of Bakersfield if it were ever completed as a full freeway from SR-178 to SR-99. So far, it does not look like any further construction will be done on this roadway.

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