(Victor Valley)– – The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today agreed to fund up to $3.4 million for drainage improvements necessary for construction of the Yucca Loma Bridge in Apple Valley.
“The Yucca Loma Bridge and Yates Road project are regionally important to the entire Victor Valley, and this funding demonstrates a great cooperative effort between Apple Valley and the County,” said First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. “With construction of the La Mesa/Nisqualli Interchange beginning in January, it is critical to keep the Yucca Loma project on track to create a new and complete east-west corridor in the Victor Valley.”
During the intense storm events of December 2010, Yucca Loma Road suffered extensive damage. The Town of Apple Valley requested that funding already earmarked for flood control improvements in Apple Valley be assigned to the Yucca Loma drainage project. The drainage improvements are critical to protecting existing property, and are also essential for construction of the bridge.
The San Bernardino County Flood Control District Zone 4 Advisory Committee in May 2011 recommended that $3.4 million of Zone 4 funding be directed to the Yucca Loma project. Acting as the governing board of the Flood Control District, the Board of Supervisors enacted that recommendation today. The Town will be responsible for funding the remaining cost of the project and will be responsible for operation and maintenance. The drainage improvements are already part of the Apple Valley Master Plan of Drainage.
Supervisor Mitzelfelt has long envisioned the Yucca Loma Bridge along with the extension of Yates Road to Green Tree Boulevard as a part of a new east-west corridor that will tie into the new La Mesa/Nisqualli interchange at Interstate 15 in Victorville, taking traffic off of Bear Valley Road. More than two years ago, the Supervisor initiated regular meetings between the three jurisdictions to insure the projects were all adequately funded and constructed within a similar timeframe. The bridge is scheduled to be under construction around fall 2012 and be complete in 2014.
The County provided local matching funds for a federal grant obtained by Apple Valley that covered the preliminary design and environmental work for widening Yates Road, which is within the County’s jurisdiction. The County will pay for the Yates Road construction, which should begin soon after work on the bridge gets started.