(Washington, DC)- U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) today hailed the passage of the Conference Report on the Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (TEA-LU), legislation which included almost $18 million in federal transportation funding for the 25th Congressional District. The Conference Report passed the House by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 412-8.
“Our roads and highways have not been able to keep up with the rapid population growth of our area,” said Rep. McKeon. “This legislation will help address our area’s transportation infrastructure needs, making it safer and easier for residents to get from one place to another. This is an important day for all users of our community’s highway infrastructure, and I look forward to seeing the President sign this legislation.”
Following are the transportation projects included in the bill:
Cross Valley Connector – $9 million
This important transportation project will connect Interstate 5 and State Route 14, significantly easing traffic in and around the city and increasing the efficiency of commerce in the area. The Cross Valley Connector will consist of 8.5 miles of new six- and eight-lane arterial roadways, bridges, grade-separated crossings and intersections, including the connection of Newhall Ranch Road and Golden Valley Road. It will provide a direct link between Interstate 5 and State Route 126 on the west and State
Route 14 and the Golden Valley interchange on the east.
Addition of carpool lane and truck lane on Interstate 5 – $1.6 million
This project will help add one truck lane and one High Occupancy Vehicle lane to the North and South bound Interstate 5 between Route 14 and Calgrove Boulevard–the Newhall Pass; and add one HOV lane from Route 14 to Route 126. The project also entails improvements to the Old Road that serves as an alternate to the I-5 through the Newhall Pass.
Rancho Vista Blvd/Ave. P widening project – $2.8 million
The purpose of this project is to widen Rancho Vista Blvd (Avenue P) to six lanes from Fairway Drive to 30th Street East. The Avenue “P” expansion project will address a severe bottleneck on a major artery serving defense contractors and Air Force Plant 42, where the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle is being manufactured. Access to the site is constrained by a major rail line, which hampers the flow of cars and supplies in the region. Enhanced signalization, widening the highway and a grade separation component where it crosses the rail line will significantly relieve the current problem and aid in the effort to improve homeland security. This project’s timeline includes four phases for a total cost of $39.5 million for complete implementation of this project. These stages include an initial project study for any environmental impact, project design, acquisition and, finally, construction.
Grade Separation on Lenwood Road – $1.2 million
This project consists of constructing a multi-span grade separation bridge across the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad tracks, along with street improvements to meet City and San Bernardino County standards.
Regional Transit Operations Facility – $418,000
This project will facilitate expansion of transit services within the Town of Mammoth Lakes to year round service delivery. It will also provide regional transit service providers, such as Inyo-Mono Dial-a-Ride, with an in-town location to conduct operation and maintenance activities and to store vehicles. This will provide both local and regional transit systems with the needed infrastructure to enable them to expand and improve transit service delivery locally and regionally.
Addition of interchange to I-15 and improvement of connecting roads – $1.2 million
This project will add an interchange on Interstate 15, build a Mojave River crossing into Apple Valley and improve existing roads. Specifically, this initial phase of this project requires $18 million, which would construct the interchange at Nisqualli Road and I-15. The estimated total project cost is $70 million, which would bring our communities necessary aid in providing more transportation options and relieve our traffic problems.
High Desert Corridor, Phase 2 – $800,000
This project provides new freeway access from the I-15 freeway to U.S. 395 and will provide new highway access to the Southern California Logistics Airport.
U.S. 395 Realignment and Widening – $400,000
This project will realign and widen U.S. 395 (conventional 2 lane highway) from I-15 junction to 2 miles north of State Route 58.
Bridge Replacement at Big Rock Wash – LA County – $400,000
This project will replace the twin bridges with a single deck bridge 80 feet wide capable of accommodating two lanes of traffic in each direction.