(Victor Valley)-– San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), the county’s regional transportation agency, today awarded a contract to build the long-awaited La Mesa/Nisqualli Interchange on Interstate 15 in Victorville.
“After two decades of planning and waiting, this is a momentous day for everyone who drives in the Victor Valley,” said First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. “I know many folks thought they would never see it happen, and, indeed, we have had challenges and hurdles, but it has been an amazing collaborative effort among Victorville, SANBAG and the County to bring this critical project to fruition.”
The SANBAG Board of Directors awarded the $31.8 million contract to Riverside Construction Company, Inc., which was the low bidder among the six companies that bid on the contract. Construction will begin in January and the interchange is expected to be open to traffic in late 2013.
Victorville Mayor Ryan McEachron said, “I would like to thank my colleagues on the SANBAG Board for working with me to move this project forward. The unanimous vote today to award the construction contract to Riverside Construction Company will allow for this project to be built and the reduction of traffic congestion for the entire Victor Valley.”
The interchange is one of several major projects in the Victor Valley that will relieve congestion on the always-crowded Bear Valley Road. When the Yucca Loma Bridge and extension of Green Tree Boulevard are completed in Apple Valley, they will tie into the new interchange to create a new east-west corridor across the Victor Valley. The Ranchero Road interchange on Interstate 15 in Hesperia will also be constructed in the next few years, providing another east-west route.
The engineer’s estimate for construction was $44.9 million, which means the contract represents a savings of more than 25 percent, counting the contingency fund and other projected expenses. The savings will be shared 50/50 between Victorville and SANBAG.