By Nolan Patrick Smith
High Desert Daily
(Victorville)— Today was a historic day for not only Victorville, but for the entire Victor Valley, as today marked the ribbon cutting ceremony for the La Mesa/Nisqualli Road Interchange.
The day was over twenty years in the making, as plans began back in 1990. The project was made possible by a partnership with the City of Victorville, SANBAG and Caltrans, and took a little over a year to complete while coming in under budget. Construction began on the project on January 10, 2012 as a way to alleviate Bear Valley Road and Palmdale Road. Bear Valley Road is one of the most congested roads in the Inland Empire, with approximately 60,000-70,000 vehicles per day.
Tim Watkins, Public Information Analyst for SANBAG, spoke to High Desert Daily about the importance of this day. “It provides another major east/west alternative for access to the I-15 here in Victorville. It’s a big deal for the transportation system here locally as well through the through movements here on the I-15. Bear Valley Road and Palmdale Road carry a major traffic burden right now, this will ease a lot of that traffic burden and make for a better flow of traffic throughout the High Desert area.”
When asked about how it feels to be here on this historic day, Watkins said, “It’s awesome. Mayor Pro-Tem Ryan McEachron will tell you that he was a kid talking about this project, so to have it actually be a reality is pretty cool.”
Longtime community leader Martha Brodie, Director of Business Development at Renaissance Wealth Management, shared her thoughts on the day, “I’ve been up here for 30 years and I never thought I would see today come. It’s going to be amazing to not have to travel east/west on Bear Valley Road. It’s amazing how quickly this was done and stayed under budget, and so many people are to be thanked but too many to name.”