By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Widening of Ranchero Road moved forward Tuesday as the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved its part of a $2.4 million funding agreement.
“This project will improve traffic flow for thousands of High Desert residents, especially commuters,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert A. Lovingood.
The project will widen Ranchero Road from two lanes to five lanes, from just east of Mariposa Road east to Topaz Avenue in the unincorporated area of Hesperia. The project will also widen, reconstruct and re-profile Ranchero Road, from Topaz Avenue east to Seventh Avenue in the City of Hesperia area.
“Ranchero Road is a key transportation corridor for the High Desert region,” said Hesperia Mayor Paul Russ. “Hesperia is pleased to have the support and commitment from San Bernardino County for the widening of Ranchero Road.”
The first phase includes obtaining right of way and relocating utilities in unincorporated Hesperia before the construction component begins. The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority Board of Directors approved the funding agreement on June 7.
Funding for the Ranchero Road widening will come from Measure I funds, the countywide half-cent sales tax. San Bernardino County voters first approved the measure in November 1989 to ensure that needed transportation projects were implemented countywide through 2010. In 2004, San Bernardino County voters overwhelmingly approved the extension of the Measure I sales tax, with 80.03 percent voting to extend the measure through 2040.