(Hesperia)– – The City of Hesperia is pleased to announce that on December 12, 2012, Hesperia’s ‘G’ Avenue Industrial Lead Track received the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) 2012 BEST Award for Facilities Project of the Year.
“We are proud of our Industrial Rail Lead Track and are honored that the APWA recognizes the value of this project,” said Mayor Bill Holland. “This is the only available rail-served industrial area in the Victor Valley, which will help revitalize the industrial area and bring much need jobs to Hesperia.”
In 2008, the City received a federal grant from the Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration in the amount of $2 million for the construction of the Lead Track, parallel runaround, drainage channel and service road. The City’s grant match for the project was $5.6 million, which was fully funded by bond proceeds from Hesperia’s former Redevelopment Agency. The rail site, located in the City’s Enterprise Zone, is one of the few viable locations in Southern California able to provide rail.
This project was nearly ten years in the making, from conceptual design to grant application and award, through to final design, construction and project completion. Beginning at the Cushenbury Branch Line, the new lead track is nearly one mile in length. It will accommodate spurs to most properties between E Avenue and the former G Avenue. In all, there is the potential for spurs to be delivered to 200 acres. With a focus on economic stability and recovery, the City’s vision for the industrial area has helped to ensure regional competitiveness and provide long-term development opportunities.
About APWA Awards
Once a year, APWA, Southern California Chapter recognizes public agencies for outstanding capital improvement projects through the Building Excellence | Shaping Tomorrow or BEST Awards while sharing the good ideas displayed in these projects and programs with other APWA members. For more information about APWA please visit www.southernca.apwa.net.