Construction Begins on Nisqualli/La Mesa Interchange, Closures Next Week

By Nolan Patrick Smith

High Desert Daily

(Victorville) Since it’s groundbreaking this January, residents have been keeping a close eye on the Nisqualli/La Mesa Interchange. Construction has officially begun on this momentous project, with closures of La Mesa and Nisqualli to begin on Wednesday.

Signs are posted at both Nisqualli and La Mesa, making travelers aware of the upcoming closures of the roads due to the construction. Beginning on February 22nd, the intersections of both streets boarding the I-15 will be closed until March 2013. “People need to start thinking about a different way for getting around for a bit,” stated Victorville City Councilman Mike Rothschild. That is over a year of construction, bringing to life a project that the Victorville City Council has been working on for years. Rothschild has been a part of the uphill battle for this project, being the Council Member with the longest history and involvement in Victorville.

“I think everybody in the community, not just the city council, thought the project would never get finished. But there comes a moment in time when there are no other excuses left and it just worked out. The economy turned badly for all of us, but one of the tax payer benefits is that our bid came in millions of dollars under, which saved us some money that we will now be able to use on our local streets that would have been otherwise committed to the bridge.”

The impact on the traffic congestion on Bear Valley and Palmdale Road is going to be significant, but as Rothschild noted, so is the business the new bridge will bring to a mainstay in the High Desert. “Not only is it going to be a relief for the city internally, but it’s going to direct some more business to the mall, which is one of our major sales tax people. With the Super Wal-Mart and the bridge both being completed almost at the same time, I think you should see a big jump in sales tax at the mall as well.”

Once again, remember to plan ahead for the closures of La Mesa and Nisqualli during this time of construction, which begins Wednesday, February 22nd. With the closures of these sections also comes a sigh of relief from not only Rothschild and the rest of the city council, but from the High Desert community that has been holding it’s breath for this project to begin. “The project is going to happen over the next 17 months, and it’s going to be a big relief for us.”

As this project moves forward, High Desert Daily will continue to bring you updates on the progress.

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