By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– A San Bernardino County-backed loan agreement will provide funding to finish a corridor across the Victor Valley, creating a new link between Apple Valley, Victorville and the Interstate 15 interchange at La Mesa and Nisqualli roads.
The San Bernardino Associated Governments Board of Directors on Wednesday approved a $12.5 million loan to the City of Victorville to complete the city’s portion of the Yucca Loma Corridor, according to SANBAG President Ryan McEachron and Vice President Robert A. Lovingood.
The funds will be used to extend Greentree Boulevard east over railroad tracks to link up with Yates Road and the new Mojave River bridge and Yucca Loma Road in Apple Valley.
“Approval of this loan agreement allows Victorville to move forward on completing the design, right of way acquisition, and ultimately construction of this critical transportation project,” said McEachron, who is also a Victorville City Council member. “The Green Tree Extension project will create much needed opportunities for economic development while providing the additional east-west access across the valley.”
A new 1,600-foot bridge spanning the Mojave River from Yucca Loma Road in Apple Valley is expected to open in 2017.
“It is hard to overstate the impact of this agreement,” County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Robert Lovingood said. “This agreement will create a third corridor linking Apple Valley to I-15. So this will significantly relieve traffic on Bear Valley Road and Highway 18.”
With SANBAG’s approval of the loan agreement, the matter heads to the Victorville City Council for consideration.