By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– The City of Victorville is pleased to announce the completion of the La Mesa Road Traffic Signal Project, which has resulted in the installation of three new traffic signals. The interconnected traffic signal networking system was constructed to replace existing four way stops at three intersections on La Mesa Road, at Delgado, Pacoima and El Evado. The system connects to the existing traffic signal on Amethyst Road and the La Mesa/Nisqualli Interchange. The signals will be officially placed into service on April 15, 2014.
The main purpose of the project is to synchronize the traffic on La Mesa Road and improve the flow of traffic, thereby decreasing the emissions of pollutants caused by stop-and-go driving. Controlling traffic at moderate speeds and minimizing the acceleration/deceleration of vehicles driving through the corridor is known to greatly reduce emissions. Keeping average vehicle speeds along La Mesa Road at 30 mph or more is optimal for traffic flow and emission control. The La Mesa Road Traffic Signal Project will help the City meet its goals of reducing fuel consumption and air emissions by decreasing idling time and moving vehicles above the slow speeds, which significantly contribute to air pollution.
Funding for the traffic signal synchronization project was provided through a $195,315 grant from the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s AB 2766 Competitive Grant Program, which utilizes a portion of funds allocated to the air district from motor vehicle registration fees to fund local projects that reduce mobile source emissions. The MDAQMD is the local regulatory air agency for the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County and Riverside County’s Palo Verde Valley. The La Mesa Road Traffic Signal Project also received Federal CMAQ funds through the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG).
Please contact Carlos Seanez, Engineering Department, at 760-955-5162 for questions or additional information.