By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)–With daily traffic counts nearing 45,000, the intersection of Kasota Road and Highway 18 has received a much needed upgrade in recent weeks.
“This is one of the busiest intersections on Highway 18, second only behind Apple Valley Road,” explained Brad Miller, town engineer.
Funded by Measure I, the half-cent transportation sales tax in San Bernardino County, the project widened the road and allowed for a dedicated left turn lane in each direction on Kasota. Pedestrian crossings were brought into compliance with ADA requirements at the same time. Caltrans and the Town of Apple Valley cooperated on the efforts.
The intersection is home to St Joseph Health, St. Mary Medical Center, with the entrance to the main parking lot and emergency room just to the north. The dedicated left turn lanes have noticeably improved the flow of traffic, and even resulted in calls and emails of appreciation to the Town offices.
In conjunction with the intersection improvements, a sidewalk and bus shelter were added on South Outer Highway 18, just east of Kasota. This is an important stop in the Town’s public transit schedule, serving the many medical offices and businesses nearby.