Construction is set to begin in early 2014 on the Yucca Loma Bridge over the Mojave River. On November 13, the Apple Valley Town Council awarded a $37.3 million contract to Security Paving, Inc., the first component of the project that will connect Yucca Loma Road in Apple Valley to Yates Road on the other side of the river. It will widen Yates Road from two to four lanes and construct new soundwalls on the south side of Yates Road.
Subsequent construction projects to widen Yucca Loma Road from the Yucca Loma Bridge to Apple Valley Road, and to extend Green Tree Blvd from Hesperia Road to Ridgecrest Road, including a bridge over the BNSF Railroad tracks, are currently under final design with construction planned for 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Once completed, and in concert with the recently opened La Mesa/Nisqualli Interchange, a new east-west regional transportation corridor will be realized in the Victor Valley, providing relief to existing and future anticipated traffic congestion on Bear Valley Road and Highway 18.
Funding comes from a Regional transportation funds (Measure I – $11 million), $17 million in Apple Valley Redevelopment Agency Funds, $10 million from the State Local Transportation Partnership Program funds, and $ 2 million from Proposition 1B.
Mayor Curt Emick commended the Yucca Loma Bridge team for their persistence and hard work.