(Victorville)-– As part of the La Mesa/Nisqualli Interchange Project, the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), in coordination with the California Department of Transportation and the City of Victorville, have opened the new alignment of Mariposa Road to traffic today. Final lane configuration will come later once utility relocation is complete.
Mariposa Road was closed on November 5 to allow crews to pave the new sections of roadway and tie-in the new alignment with the existing alignment on the north and south ends of the project.
An unexpected cold front moved in later in the week, postponing paving activities until the week of November 12. The road could not be reopened during the postponement because of safety considerations for the motoring public. The new alignment of Mariposa Road is a necessary component of the La Mesa/Nisqualli Interchange that is currently under construction. This project broke ground in January 2012 and will continue through summer 2013.
The project will add an alternative for access to/from I-15 between the heavily-used Bear Valley Road and Palmdale Road interchanges. In addition, the project will add soundwalls, improve drainage systems, and upgrade the existing storm water channel on the west side of the freeway.
SANBAG and the City of Victorville are partners in delivering this much-needed project to the Victorville area. The new interchange will relieve traffic congestion on local streets by providing a new east/west alternative for local residents and commuters, as well as improve overall operation of Interstate 15 through the corridor. Motorists are encouraged to “Slow for the Cone Zone” while traveling through the construction area.