(Victor Valley)– Construction of a critical bridge over railroad tracks in Barstow took another step forward today when the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement among the County, the City of Barstow and the county regional transportation authority to fund the project.
“A bridge over the railroad tracks at Lenwood Road will spur further development of warehousing and distribution centers in Barstow and help attract much-needed, well-paying jobs,” said County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, who serves as president of San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), the county transportation commission and authority. “This agreement demonstrates the spirit of regional cooperation that is necessary to move these complex projects forward.”
The agreement spells out the roles and responsibilities of each agency for administering and funding the estimated $27.1 million cost of right-of-way acquisition and construction. In January 2010, the County agreed to pay $2.5 million of the costs for design, engineering and environmental review of the project, which is located on the boundary between the City of Barstow and the County.
The total project cost is estimated at $31.5 million and will be funded by a combination of state, federal and railroad dollars, along with $16 million in locally raised Measure I funds. Measure I is the half-cent sales tax for transportation, which was renewed by county voters in 2004. The California Transportation Commission also awarded the project $6.7 million in voter-approved Proposition 1B bond funds.
The Lenwood Road Grade Separation is a component of the Alameda Corridor East, a national goods movement plan for the movement of freight from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to the rest of the United States. Lenwood Road is a major north/south arterial that crosses Interstate 15 and State Route 58 at a strategic location that is increasingly being planned and developed for warehouse and distribution centers.
The County is overseeing the design and SANBAG will be responsible for construction and acquisition of right-of-way. The bridge over the BNSF railroad tracks is scheduled to be under construction in early 2013.