Nisqualli/La Mesa Interchange Construction Bid Could Save Taxpayers $17 Million

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

Managing Editor

(Victorville) – City Council members were pleased recently when bids from contractors to build the La Mesa / NisqualliInterchange bridge came in well below initial estimates. The project’s groundbreaking is scheduled for this upcoming Tuesday.

In fact, the bids came in at $17 million below the original estimates.

The preliminary bid results came in around $31 million. The Engineer’s estimate, including contingencies, was $48.5 million.

Victorville City Councilman Mike Rothschild explained why this is good news, “That bid is $17 million less than what we had figured, so that’s $17 million saved from our Measure “I” fuding, taking pressure off our LOCAL money to complete the project.Had that bid come in higher we might have had a problem with some of our street repairs for a year or two. Now that won’t be a problem.”

When completed the new interchange will have eight lanes on the bridge with three lanes east, three lanes west and double left lanes. Five new traffic signals will also be constructed.

Mariposa and Amargosa roads will be re-routed on a curve to allow space for on and off ramps on both sides.

“This is super. The taxpayers are benefitting because three companies are hungry in this economy, they competed with each other and the bid came down substantially,” said Rothschild.“Some place there’s got to be a benefit to this bad economy. And I guess our bridge is going to be one of those areas where we benefit.”

Funding is provided by the City and San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), from local, State and Federal funding sources.

There will be two community outreach meetings: the first will beDecember 1, 2011, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Mojave Vista Elementary School, 16100 Burwood Ave (7th Ave and Burwood). The second December 8, 2011, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Liberty Elementary School, 12900 Amethyst Rd at 7th Ave. (Amethyst and La Mesa Rd).

Construction is expected to start in January 2012.

For more information visit SANBAG’s Projects website:

http://sanbag.ca.gov/projects/interchange_LaMesa.html

1 comment for “Nisqualli/La Mesa Interchange Construction Bid Could Save Taxpayers $17 Million

  1. Michael Gallagher
    January 9, 2012 at 9:07 am

    See what happens when you allow free enterprise to work on its’ own?

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