By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– The Town of Apple Valley is reconstructing the intersection of Apple Valley Road and Highway 18 to improve traffic movement in all directions.
When complete in late 2021, the intersection will be expanded in all four directions. The project will also realign Apple Valley Road, reduce the slope approaching the intersection from the north, improve the drainage system, replace traffic signals, and add ADA accessible sidewalks, amongst other improvements.
“The whole goal is to move more cars in less time,” said Apple Valley Mayor Scott Nassif. “This is one of the Town’s busiest intersections and the first intersection travelers come across on Highway 18 after entering Town through the area known as ‘The Narrows.’”
The $9.6 million dollar project will be paid for by the Town, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority and Caltrans, via funding sources Measure I 2010-2040 Major Local Highways Program, Local Traffic Impact Fees and the SB1 Local Partnership Program.
“This project has been a long time coming,” said Nassif. “The Town retained Dokken Engineering for services back in 2008. Design work started in 2012 after the environmental studies were complete. Now that we’ve secured full funding, we’ve retained Parson’s Transportation Group for construction management services and have awarded Powell Constructors, Inc. the bid for construction.”
Although there will always be a way through the intersection during construction, motorists should try to avoid the area and use caution when traveling through. Utility work is already underway, and the town will begin construction in late September. Traffic controls will be in place during all construction activities and driving patterns will change throughout the different phases of the project.
This is not the first significant work that has been done on this intersection. In 2008 the southwest corner of State Route 18 and Apple Valley Road was modified to create the free-right-turn and remove the old outer highway; but funding was unavailable for the additional work that will be done in the current construction phase.
For more information on this project visit av.town/avroads.