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Road Work Revs Up in the Victor Valley

As mentioned in the Victorville Daily Press, June 2, 2018, Caltrans officials announced May 16, 2018, that $2.7 billion in competitive grants, funded through Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), were awarded to 64 projects throughout California to “tackle congestion, support valuable trade corridors and bolster local agency efforts to invest in transportation.” Among the projects was the work on widening Ranchero Road. City of Hesperia officials said they received a $3.9 million grant awarded through the California Transportation Commission’s Local Partnership Program, a program created by SB 1. The project will widen 5 miles of Ranchero Road to four lanes, including reconstructing the bridge over the California aqueduct, an at-grade railroad crossing, and signalization of three intersections. In Apple Valley, SB 1 funds will be used to facilitate the completion of the Route 18 West End Widening project. Targeting the intersection of Highway 18 and Apple Valley Road, the $8.9 million project will see the highway widened from four to six lanes. Officials said Apple Valley Road will increase to four lanes. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2019. Completion is estimated in late 2020. As part of the anticipated work, Wika Road — a frontage road at the intersection’s northwest corner — will be eliminated and Outer Highway 18 will be changed to a oneway road at the southeast corner. Both projects are part of Caltrans’ Local Partnership Program (LPP), created by SB 1. As part of the SB 1 fund-created Trade Corridor program, state money will be used to widen a substantial portion of one of the High Desert’s busiest roadways. Caltrans officials have approved funding over $2.4 million in grants towards the $52 million Route 395 Widening project, which will widen a portion of Highway 395 between Highway 18 and Chamberlaine Way from two to four lanes, construct turn lanes and install signals.

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