County, Apple Valley Move Yucca Loma Bridge Project Forward

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today approved a cooperative agreement with the Town of Apple Valley that moves the Yucca Loma Bridge corridor project closer to completion.

“The Yucca Loma Bridge in Apple Valley is really part of a regional mobility improvement effort that depends on excellent coordination and cooperation among agencies,” said First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. “Once this project is complete, it will provide significant relief for drivers on Bear Valley Road.”

The Yucca Loma Bridge will tie into the County-owned Yates Road around the north side of Spring Valley Lake. Yates Road will be extended west to connect to Hesperia Road at Green Tree Boulevard. That will provide motorists with convenient access to the future La Mesa/Nisqualli Interchange via Hesperia Road, creating a completely new east-west corridor, which will take pressure off of Bear Valley Road, the central major arterial street in the Victor Valley.

To ensure that the bridge project and the extension to Hesperia Road would move forward in tandem, Supervisor Mitzelfelt more than a year ago initiated a series of monthly meetings between the County, the Town, the City of Victorville and San Bernardino Associated Governments, the regional transportation planning authority, of which he is president. Those meetings have provided momentum for strong cooperation between the jurisdictions, leading to today’s agreement.

Today, the Town received final approval for all County permits needed to proceed with the project. Permitting is a complex task and the good relationship established between the County and the Town helped move that process along in an efficient and timely manner.

The agreement spells out how the cost of the final design and right-of-way work will be shared between the County and the Town. The County share is estimated to be $695,000, which will come from a state transportation bond and development mitigation fees. The town’s share is $853,000, for a total of $1,548,000. The estimated construction costs for Apple Valley to widen and improve Yucca Loma Road and construct the bridge over the Mojave River is $37.8 million, and the construction costs for improvements to Yates Road and the extension to Hesperia Road are estimated to be $26.8 million.

Dokken Engineering, the firm doing the design work for Apple Valley on the Yucca Loma Bridge, is working closely with the San Bernardino County Public Works Department to coordinate design and right-of-way for the stretch of the project that runs through County jurisdiction.

The Yucca Loma Bridge is scheduled to be under construction later this year or early in 2012 and will take about two years to complete.

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