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Yucca Loma Bridge Construction to Start

Construction is set to begin in early 2014 on the Yucca Loma Bridge over the Mojave River. On November 13, the Apple Valley Town Council awarded a $37.3 million contract to Security Paving, Inc.,  the first component of the project that will connect Yucca Loma Road in Apple Valley to Yates Road on the other side of the river. It will widen Yates Road from two to four lanes and construct new soundwalls on the south side of Yates Road.

Subsequent construction projects to widen Yucca Loma Road from the Yucca Loma Bridge to Apple Valley Road, and to extend Green Tree Blvd from Hesperia Road to Ridgecrest Road, including a bridge over the BNSF Railroad tracks, are currently under final design with construction planned for 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Once completed, and in concert with the recently opened La Mesa/Nisqualli Interchange, a new east-west regional transportation corridor will be realized in the Victor Valley, providing relief to existing and future anticipated traffic congestion on Bear Valley Road and Highway 18.

Funding comes from a Regional transportation funds (Measure I – $11 million), $17 million in Apple Valley Redevelopment Agency Funds, $10 million from the State Local Transportation Partnership Program funds, and $ 2 million from Proposition 1B.

Mayor Curt Emick commended the Yucca Loma Bridge team for their persistence and hard work.

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Footprinters Gives Out Top Cop Awards During Dinner

The Tony De Lao Chapter of the International Footprinters Association gave out awards to 13 of the local community’s Top Cops during a banquet held on October 22.

About 200 people gathered at the Green Tree Inn in Victorville to congratulate those receiving honors. Local dignitaries were on hand to recognize the impressive accomplishments of those being honored during the evening.

The 13 people honored were: Deputies Jason Grantham, Kristina Winegar, James Rangel, Jason Anderson, Jason Rivas, Jim Staley and Dana Weinberg; Police Officers Frank Benitez, Jeffrey Moran and Christopher Denkers; Deputy District Attorney Tim Haskell; and School District Police Officers Cesar Molina and Brett Haynes.

Pistachio Festival Offers More Than Just Few Delicious Nuts

The Newberry Springs Pistachio Festival was held on November 2.

The event offered food vendors, live music, community information, and best of all, pistachios!

Artisans displayed their unique and distinctive crafts not seen anywhere else in the area.

A band played and people felt the need to dance away the afternoon.

The event is presented by the Newberry Springs Chamber of Commerce, and Jill Shadle coordinates the festival each year. If you’re interested in next year’s event, contact the chamber at PO Box 116, Newberry Springs, CA 92365, email: NewberrySpringsCOC@gmail.com, or call (760) 257-1072.