Apple Valley, CA – October 17, 2016: Jumping on a treadmill or taking a spin class is great exercise, but getting out to walk, jog or bike in the sunshine will soon be even easier in Apple Valley.
Construction will begin next week to improve and extend a walking path between the Mojave River channel and the western most edge of development at the Jess Ranch Marketplace. The project is a result of a $923,000 active transportation grant combined with a local match of $40,000.
Several people have already made use of the quarter mile gravel pathway that was installed from Bear Valley Road to the southern boundary of the shopping center since the retail property was developed in 2007. When finished, this multi-use trail will be 2.75 miles long, and include several convenient access paths into adjacent communities.
“This is going to be a beautiful amenity not only for the nearby residents who already use this path, but also for people in our neighboring communities who need a safe place to get out and jog, walk or bike,” said Deputy Town Engineer Richard Pedersen.
Pedersen explained that the existing short gravel trail will be removed and replaced with a 12-foot wide concrete path nearly three miles long. He said, “Outdoor enthusiasts who prefer a softer, dirt trail will be happy to know that there will still be an ample width of dirt along the concrete path.”
In addition to the path, construction will include at least four concrete pad rest-stops along the trail with benches or picnic tables. This project should be completed in about three months.
Future plans are underway for more multi-use trails that will link the Mojave Riverwalk Project South across Bear Valley Road to the Yucca Loma Bridge and continue into Victorville.