VICTORVILLE-(VVNG.com): The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) Board of Directors approved a $12.5 million loan to the City of Victorville in order to provide the funding needed to complete their portion of the Yucca Loma Corridor.
“It is hard to overstate the impact of this agreement,” County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Robert Lovingood said. “This agreement will create a third corridor linking Apple Valley to I-15. So this will significantly relieve traffic on Bear Valley Road and Highway 18.”
The loan, approved on Wednesday, is to be used to assist the city in completing their portion of the project linking Apple Valley, Victorville, and the I-15 Interchange at La Mesa and Nisqualli Roads. This will be done by extending Green Tree Boulevard east over the railroad tracks to link up with Yates Road and the new Mojave River bridge and Yucca Loma Road officials said.
“Approval of this loan agreement allows Victorville to move forward on completing the design, right of way acquisition, and ultimately construction of this critical transportation project,” said SANBAG President Ryan McEachron , who is also a Victorville City Council member. “The Green Tree Extension project will create much-needed opportunities for economic development while providing the additional east-west access across the valley.”
County officials said, a new 1,600-foot bridge spanning the Mojave River from Yucca Loma Road in Apple Valley is expected to open in 2017. With SANBAG’s approval of the loan agreement, the matter heads to the Victorville City Council for consideration.