By Staff Reports
(Oak Hills/Phelan)- – The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today approved road improvements for the communities of Oak Hills and Phelan designed to improve ease of travel, safety and drainage.
In Oak Hills, the County will add right turn and left turn pockets at the intersection of Escondido Avenue and El Centro Road and will construct drainage improvements consisting of a box culvert and related work. Other drainage improvements in the area include the paving of Fir Street, Mission Street and Perris Street with asphalt concrete dikes to direct the runoff from Escondido Avenue to the natural drainage course.
Escondido Avenue provides a route from Ranchero Road located at the southern boundary of Oak Hills, north to Main Street in the City of Hesperia. The total project cost is $1,400,000 and is funded by gasoline taxes, except for $140,150 for the necessary waterline relocations. In April, the Board of Supervisors approved a cooperative agreement with County Service Area 70, Zone J, in which the County agreed to fund the cost of the waterline relocations.
“Improving this highly traveled intersection will help traffic to flow more smoothly between the two communities and alleviate flooding on the surrounding streets and properties and flooding of the intersection,” said First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt.
In Phelan, the County will pave Caughlin Road from Phelan Road to north of Smoke Tree Road to provide an additional all-weather route that connects to other all-weather roads within the community.
The project consists of paving the dirt road with one lane in each direction for a distance of 1.1 miles and constructing all-weather drainage facilities to facilitate the natural drainage course under Caughlin Road to alleviate flooding in the area. The total construction cost is estimated at approximately $1,025,000 and will be funded by funds from Proposition 1B, the state transportation bond approved by voters in 2006.
The Board action authorizes the projects to go out for bid. Contracts are expected to be awarded in July and August. Construction on both projects is expected to begin in mid-September and be complete in November.