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Hesperia’s Ranchero Road Widening Receives $16M in State Funding

As stated in an article in the Victorville Daily Press, January 30, 2021, the Ranchero Road Widening Project recently received about $16 million in state funding. The funding was part of more than $571 million in funds the California Transportation Commission allocated to various projects to improve routes throughout California, Caltrans District 8 said. Hesperia — which, along with San Bernardino County, is responsible for the project — received $3.9 million out of the $16 million, which will cover the costs to widen the road from two to four lanes, Hesperia Councilman Larry Bird said. The widening is planned for a 5-mile stretch of Ranchero Road — from Mariposa Road to Seventh Avenue — and will include widening the railroad crossing, according to a project summary. Traffic signals will be placed at the intersections of Maple, Cottonwood and Seventh avenues. Workers will also replace the two-lane bridge spanning the California Aqueduct, which is sandwiched by Kern Avenue to the west and 11th Avenue to the east. Construction is expected to begin in July 2021, Hesperia Deputy City Manager Rachel Molina said. The total cost of the project is estimated at $64.1 million, with the city responsible for $37 million. The county and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority are expected to cover the remaining costs.

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