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Apple Valley granted $4.5 million to widen major intersection



Apple Valley, CA — The California Transportation Commission (CTC) this week announced its intent to award the Town of Apple Valley a $4.46 million state grant that will help widen and realign the intersection at Highway 18 and Apple Valley Road.

The 2018 Local Partnership Program Funds will be matched with San Bernardino County Transportation Authority Measure I funds and Apple Valley Transportation Impact Fees to fully cover the $8.92 million cost of the project.

“This project will improve local and regional traffic flow, and reduce congestion, gridlock, and vehicle emissions while providing easier access to housing, jobs, hospitals, medical facilities, churches, local restaurants and other commercial businesses that are in Apple Valley,” said Councilwoman Barb Stanton. “The Active transportation elements will also provide greater safety and mobility for bikers and pedestrians.”

Stanton, along with Councilmember Scott Nassif, have served as members of the Apple Valley Road Ad Hoc Committee, commissioned to study and plan the proposed realignment.

The plan calls to widen Highway 18 from four lanes to six, and widen Apple Valley Road to four lanes at the existing intersection to allow for additional approach and turn lanes. The frontage road on the northwest corner will be eliminated and will be changed to a one-way road on the southeast corner. This project will also reduce the multiple changes in grade throughout the intersection to provide better rideability and sight distance for motorists.

Additional work will include:

  • New traffic signals
  • Storm drain installation
  • Additional turn lanes
  • Improved signage
  • New retaining walls
  • Crosswalks added in three locations
  • Curbs, sidewalks, ramps and gutters installed

“This is an opportunity for Apple Valley to complete a critical project that has been in the planning and design phases for more than a decade,” said Mayor Art Bishop, who noted that the Engineering Department has worked with Caltrans District 8 since 2008 to design the project.

Local Partnership Program Funds were created under Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, signed into law on April 28, 2017. The CTC will consider staff recommendations and adoption at the CTC’s May 16-17, 2018 meeting in San Diego, California.

If approved, construction is expected to commence in summer of 2019 with a target completion date of late 2020.

For more information please call the Engineering Department at (760) 240-7000, ext. 7013 or visit

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Woman airlifted from crash on Sheep Creek and El Mirage Roads Saturday night



Traffic Accident on El Mirage and Sheep Creek Road
(Photo by Jessica Christopherson)

ADELANTO, Calif. ( — Several people were injured in a T-bone crash at the intersection of Sheep Creek near El Mirage Roads Saturday night.

According to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, the traffic accident was reported at about 9:30 PM on August 8th and involved a silver Chevy Tahoe and a silver Ford F-150.

San Bernardino County Firefighters responded and located the Tahoe with major damage to the passenger side and used extrication tools to remove a young child. A female adult sitting in the front passenger was critically injured and a helicopter was requested to airlift her to a trauma center.

A CHP helicopter H-80 landed in the roadway and subsequently flew the injured woman to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Jessica Christopherson was on her way home from work when she drove up to the accident and heard children inside the SUV screaming and pulled over to call 911. Jessica said the little girl’s leg was pinned but when firefighters removed her from the vehicle she only had some scrapes.

According to Jessica, the dad in the Tahoe was okay and another little girl was shaken up and all three were taken by ground ambulance to LLUMC. The driver of the pickup truck sustained a gash to the back of his head.

Jessica told VVNG she’s almost been involved in several accidents on El Mirage Road due to people speeding and would like to see at least a 3-way stop sign instead of just one.

The California Highway Patrol Victorville Station is handling the investigation into the cause of the crash.

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Man found dead at High Desert Inn Motel in Hesperia



HESPERIA, Calif. ( — Police said no foul play was suspected after a man was found dead at the High Desert Inn.

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, at approximately 1:02 a.m., deputies responded to High Desert Inn, located at 14320 Main Street, in reference to a medical aid call.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Taylor Reynolds said A 59-year-old male was found unresponsive at the incident location. “Deputies did not discover any signs of foul play,” stated Reynolds.

The spokeswoman said the investigation is being handled by the Coroner’s Division and had no other information available for release.

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At least 3 killed, 3 airlifted in 15 freeway crash near Baker



BAKER, Calif. ( – At least three people have been confirmed killed, and three others were airlifted from a crash that shut down a stretch of 15 freeway Saturday evening.

It happened just after 7 p.m. on the northbound I-15 near Baker after an SUV crashed into the back of a semi truck and caught fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene they located the vehicle fully involved in fire with an unknown amount occupants still trapped inside.

Scanner traffic indicated that the fire quickly spread from the SUV to the semi truck, which was described as a 53-foot general cargo truck loaded with clothing.

Scanner traffic also indicated that three helicopters landed on the freeway to transport a 15-year-old, a child, and the child’s mother to Las Vegas University Medical Center.

In all, 1 person sustained critical injuries, 3 others sustained moderate injuries, and at least 3 people were pronounced deceased onscene with a possible fourth person still in the wreckage, scanner traffic reported.

Firefighters had a knock-down of the fire at about 9:45 p.m.

The identification of the deceased is not expected to be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Officers from the CHP Barstow Station are handling the investigation into the cause of the accident.

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