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Caughlin Road to get pavement

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(Best Syndication News) The County Board of Supervisors (BOS) approved a contract to pave a section of Caughlin Road between Phelan Road and Smoke Tree Road.

It is not unusual that the High Desert is hit by summer and winter flash floods that destroy roads. A portion of Caughlin, which is susceptible to this type of extreme weather, has been a target for improvements. In June we reported that First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt was working on a project to improve drainage along Caughlin Road.

On Tuesday the BOS awarded a contract to pave a one-mile section. “This project will improve access and safety for motorists in the Phelan area, not just with pavement but by eliminating flooding,” Mitzelfelt said.

“This is one of many efforts we have undertaken to catch up on much-needed road improvements in the Phelan area and the rest of the unincorporated High Desert."

These types of improvements take time, said Michael Orme, a former aid to Supervisor Mitzelfelt. There are eminent domain issues and environmental concerns to be worked-out with most road projects, Orme told Best Syndication.

Andy Silva, a spokesperson for the supervisor, says that weather drainage facilities will be constructed to alleviate flooding.

There were six bids submitted and the contract was awarded to Vance Corporation in Rialto. Vance had the low bid of $1,122,606.

Construction will begin this month and be completed sometime in January 2013.

By: Nicole Wilson

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