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Money Approved for Yucca Loma Bridge in Apple Valley

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(Best Syndication News) The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors (BOS) approved the funding of a drainage system for the Yucca Loma Bridge in Apple Valley.

The bridge, when completed, will become an integral part the east-west corridor linking Apple Valley with the Interstate 15 Freeway. The county is already moving forward with an interchange at the 15 and Nisqualli Road.

“The Yucca Loma Bridge and Yates Road project are regionally important to the entire Victor Valley, and this funding demonstrates a great cooperative effort between Apple Valley and the County,” said First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt.

The Town of Apple Valley asked for the money that was already earmarked for flood control, to be assigned to the Yucca Loma drainage project.

David Zook, a spokesperson for the supervisor, tells Best Syndication that there was extensive damage last December from the Mojave River along Yucca Loma. In May, the County Flood Control District Zone 4 Advisory Committee recommended that the county spend $3.4 million on a flood control project.

The BOS acted on the recommendation this week by approving the $3.4 million. Zook says Apple Valley will pay the remaining cost of the project which was already part of the Apple Valley Master Plan for Drainage.

“The County provided local matching funds for a federal grant obtained by Apple Valley that covered the preliminary design and environmental work for widening Yates Road, which is within the County’s jurisdiction,” Zook said.

“Construction of the La Mesa/Nisqualli Interchange will begin in January,” Mitzelfelt added. “It is critical to keep the Yucca Loma project on track to create a new and complete east-west corridor in the Victor Valley.”

Zook says the Yates Road project will begin as soon as the bridge is constructed.

By: Dan Wilson

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