Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Ground Breaking Spring Valley Parkway Reconstruction Project (submitted photo)
Ground Breaking Spring Valley Parkway Reconstruction Project (submitted photo)

City Breaks Ground on Spring Valley Parkway Reconstruction Project

VICTORVILLE-(VVNG.com):  The city of Victorville had the groundbreaking ceremony for the Spring Valley Parkway Reconstruction Project on Friday. The city is excited to begin the long-awaited and much-needed project that will give the roadway on Spring Valley Parkway a facelift. Through a collaborative effort between the city, county and Spring Valley Lake Association; the improvements are set to begin.

“This long-awaited reconstruction project is possible because the City of Victorville, County of San Bernardino and Spring Valley Lake Association were willing to share the costs of this project,” said McEachron. “It’s unusual to see three entities come together and work collaboratively in this manner.  I’m happy to see our citizens benefit.”

The approximate ½ mile stretch of Spring Valley Parkway between Bear Valley and Huerta Roads will be improved to increase safety for foot and vehicle traffic. The busy area that serves Excelsior Charter School, Victor Valley College, Spring Valley Lake and area businesses will be reconstructed, resurfaced and sealed and ADA-compliant curbs and ramps will be installed.

“It’s nice to see government really does work,” said Glenn Grabiec, General Manager of Spring Valley Lake Association.  “When we put our heads together and work collaboratively to seek solutions, beneficial projects result.”  

According to Grabiec, 12,000 people live in the Spring Valley Lake Community, and Spring Valley Parkway is a high-traffic area.  His assertions are validated by a City of Victorville study from May 2013 that counted an average of 14,150 cars traveling Spring Valley Parkway each day.

“We are very excited to see this road improvement project come to fruition,” said McEachron.  “If you travel this area of Spring Valley Parkway, you can appreciate that this is a quality of life improvement project.”

Construction will begin on November 30th and will continue through December, work on the sidewalks and ramps may begin before Thanksgiving. The city is advising drivers that traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Pedestrian paths may be re-routed while new ramps are installed. The city officials said that drivers are advised to use an alternative route such as Tamarisk or Ridgecrest Roads to avoid any congestion at the construction area. Those driving the area are reminded to exercise caution obeying all traffic controls, signs and yield to pedestrians.

The project cost is estimated at $434.6K, the City of Victorville contributing Measure I Funds earmarked specifically for road maintenance projects.“For well over a decade, this stretch of road has been a sore thumb for thousands of residents of Spring Valley Lake and for thousands more VVC students and faculty”, says Supervisor Robert Lovingood. “There were no easy solutions, but San Bernardino County, Spring Valley Lake Association and the City of Victorville were persistent in taking a cooperative, team approach to reach a unique solution that benefits our community.”

       

 

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