By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– The California Transportation Commission (CTC) this week announced its intent to award the Town of Apple Valley a $4.46 million state grant that will help widen and realign the intersection at Highway 18 and Apple Valley Road.
The 2018 Local Partnership Program Funds will be matched with San Bernardino County Transportation Authority Measure I funds and Apple Valley Transportation Impact Fees to fully cover the $8.92 million cost of the project.
“This project will improve local and regional traffic flow, and reduce congestion, gridlock, and vehicle emissions while providing easier access to housing, jobs, hospitals, medical facilities, churches, local restaurants and other commercial businesses that are in Apple Valley,” said Councilwoman Barb Stanton. “The Active transportation elements will also provide greater safety and mobility for bikers and pedestrians.”
Stanton, along with Councilmember Scott Nassif, have served as members of the Apple Valley Road Ad Hoc Committee, commissioned to study and plan the proposed realignment.
The plan calls to widen Highway 18 from four lanes to six, and widen Apple Valley Road to four lanes at the existing intersection to allow for additional approach and turn lanes. The frontage road on the northwest corner will be eliminated and will be changed to a one-way road on the southeast corner. This project will also reduce the multiple changes in grade throughout the intersection to provide better rideability and sight distance for motorists.
Additional work will include:
- New traffic signals
- Storm drain installation
- Additional turn lanes
- Improved signage
- New retaining walls
- Crosswalks added in three locations
- Curbs, sidewalks, ramps and gutters installed
“This is an opportunity for Apple Valley to complete a critical project that has been in the planning and design phases for more than a decade,” said Mayor Art Bishop, who noted that the Engineering Department has worked with Caltrans District 8 since 2008 to design the project.
Local Partnership Program Funds were created under Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, signed into law on April 28, 2017. The CTC will consider staff recommendations and adoption at the CTC’s May 16-17, 2018 meeting in San Diego, California.
If approved, construction is expected to commence in summer of 2019 with a target completion date of late 2020.
For more information please call the Engineering Department at (760) 240-7000, ext. 7013 or visit www.AppleValley.org.