APPLE VALLEY – Exciting new things are happening in the Town of Apple Valley, from the reopening of the newly renovated library to the Concerts in the Courtyard, to the Rock Out and Rummage flea Market, an Emergency Preparedness Fair, and now, several improvements are up and coming. It’s no wonder why town officials are excitedly sharing the great news.
A mail-order Tractor Supply Store has a conditional use permit which allows construction of the brand new 18,800 square foot store. This store will be the third Tractor Supply Store in the High Desert, with others being Hesperia and Barstow. The new store will be located on a 3-acre property on the northwest corner of Braeburn and Bear Valley roads. The business, which was originally founded in 1938 in Tennessee, is now located in 49 states.
The Tractor Supply carries all of the supplies a normal “farm and ranch” supply store would, but also carries sporting, fishing, camping and hunting gear, truck and trailer accessories, home improvement goods, pet care, clothing and more. “It is great to finally welcome Tractor Supply to Apple Valley,” said Orlando Acevedo, Assistant Director of Economic Development. “This new store affirms our message that Apple Valley is a strategic location for retailers and restaurants to serve the consumer demand at the east end of the Victor Valley.” The store is planning to open in the spring of 2019 and will employ 12-15 full-time people.
In addition to the new Tractor Supply store, the town was granted $4.5 million to widen the major intersection. This grant, which in actuality is a $4.46 million state grant is coming from the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to 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.”
Town officials explained that the plan as it stands now will widen Highway 18 from four lanes to six lanes. Apple Valley Road will also be widened 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,” Town officials explain. “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.
If approved, construction is expected to commence in summer of 2019 with a target completion date of late 2020.
Last but certainly not least, showing pride in the community one lives in, helps to teach both children and adults more responsibility and create a sense of ownership of not only your home/yard but the entire area that you live in. The Town of Apple Valley will be having a neighborhood clean-up day. This will be the resident’s opportunity to not only get rid of their own yard waste, household trash, broken appliances, and other items they would like to discard but will also be an opportunity to team up with other residents to help beautify the common areas near Bear Valley, Central, Navajo and Pahute Roads.Town of Apple Valley resident are encouraged to participate in the event that will be at the corner of Nisqually and Central roads on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is hosted by the Town of Apple Valley Code Enforcement Department with the support of a grant from CalRecycle.
No tires or household hazardous waste will be accepted. However, household hazardous waste can be taken to the collection facility at the Public Works yard at 13450 Nomwaket Road the first four Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tires will be accepted at Lion’s Park at a separate event on June 23.
For additional information about the neighborhood cleanup, contact Code Enforcement at (760) 240-7000 x7560, or visit www.AVCode.com. For a list of items accepted at the household hazardous waste collection facility visit www.GreenAppleValley.org.
This article was written by a staff member of the 24/7 Headline News Organization
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