APPLE VALLEY – In approximately 3 months residents in the Town of Apple Valley will be able to enjoy an improved and extended Mojave Riverwalk.
As a result of a $923,000 active transport grant combined with a local match of $40,000, the area between the Mojave River channel and the westmost edge and the development at the Jess Ranch Marketplace will undergo some noteworthy changes.
“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. The gravel pathway, which has been a quarter mile long since the shopping center was developed in 2007 will now be 2.75 miles long and will include convenient access paths into adjacent communities. Within the path, construction will include adding at least four concrete pad rest areas with benches or picnic tables along the trail.
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.” 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.
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