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Multi-Million-Dollar Construction Project at Busy Apple Valley Intersection to Begin

As stated in an article in the Victorville Daily Press, August 12, 2020, Apple Valley officials said that a multi-million-dollar construction project at one of the town’s busiest intersections was expected to begin late August 2020. The $7.9 million project at Apple Valley Road and State Route 18 will lead to less traffic congestion, shorter wait times at the signal and improved drainage in the area, according to town officials. As part of the project, workers will widen the highway from four to six lanes, add a second left-hand turn lane from westbound SR-18 onto Apple Valley Road, replace the traffic signal, and build bike lanes and retaining walls. Apple Valley Road will also be realigned and widened with a second thru lane to allow vehicles to pass through the intersection unimpeded by those turning onto the highway. Another significant change will be the construction of a stormwater basin at the northwest corner of the intersection. The basin will replace a section of pavement where Wika Road connects with Apple Valley Road. Town Engineer Brad Miller, said the basin would improve drainage in the area and allow overflow to run west into a channel built underneath SR-18. According to the town engineer, construction is expected to last from a year to 15 months. The Town Council awarded the project’s more than $7.94-million contract to Powell Constructors, Inc., a Fontana-based company, on July 28, 2020. Both the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority and Caltrans are helping fund the project with about $4 million and $4.4 million, respectively. The town is using Measure I and traffic impact fees to pay for its share.

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