ADELANTO, Calif. — After years of construction delays on a long-awaited Adelanto Towne Center at the southwest corner of Mojave Drive and highway 395 in Adelanto is finally set to move forward.
City officials said two jet fuel lines located underneath Highway 395 have been a major hindrance but that is no longer the case.
After years of successful negotiations between City, Caltrans and Kinder Morgan officials, the City of Adelanto will begin to see construction activity that will lead to a new shopping center, officials said.
Work is expected to start in late November or early December and motorists are being told to expect delays due to a five-month partial closure of Mojave Drive. All street construction will occur during the partial closure.
According to a news release, the partial closure is being done so that rather than relocate petroleum pipelines that run parallel to the project—a more costly and time-consuming endeavor—a concrete cap will be installed to protect the pipeline and allow for the widening of Highway 395 from Mojave Drive south to Victor Street.
“Once we’ve completed widening our side of Highway 395, including the concrete cap, breaking ground can occur for the nine buildings in the 12.5-acre retail shopping center,” said Brian Wolfe, City Engineer for Adelanto. The project will ultimately include over 54,000 square feet of building area with a car wash, multi-tenant retail stores, fast food restaurant and a gas station.
Wolfe says that utilities such as water, gas and power are available to serve the tenants, plus curbing and sidewalk along the west side of the highway are in place.
The detour at the intersection of Highway 395 & Mojave Drive will maintain one northbound and one southbound traffic lane at all times. Some left turn movements at the intersection of Highway 395 and Mojave Drive will be restricted.
“This is an exciting time for Adelanto to see several projects getting closer to becoming a reality,” said Mayor Richard Kerr. “This of course will lead to more jobs and additional tax revenue for our city,” Kerr added.
Once all street widening is complete, which includes the concrete cap, utility and grading operations at the Towne Center will last about three months afterwhich building construction begins with another seven months before the project is completed.