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Town road and infrastructure projects continue
Town road and infrastructure projects continue
Apple Valley, CA – April 24, 2020: In a time when it feels like the world has come to a complete stop, residents in Apple Valley can rest assured that road and infrastructure projects continue around Town.
According to the California Department of Public Health, maintenance and construction of infrastructure is defined as an essential service under the Transportation Systems Sector and Emergency Services Sector allowing such projects to proceed during the stay at home period.
Town Engineer Brad Miller explained this is an ideal time to press forward with these essential projects.
“The development of Nico Plaza, to include a new Starbucks Drive-Thru, eliminates Outer Highway 18 between Tuscola and Kasota road and reroutes traffic to Potomac Road, a newly constructed access road 400 feet south of the project,” he said, noting new sidewalks will be installed where the outer highway was located. “The elimination of the outer highway and its cumbersome turn movements, was a condition of development on the Nico Plaza project, making the new Potomac Road essential.”
A little farther east, drainage in The Vineyards housing tract between Nisqually and Yucca Loma roads will be improved when the current project is completed. Work includes improving drainage along Tamiani Road and installing infiltration chambers in the nearby retention basin.
“Perhaps the most visible project is the repair of the medians and drainage channels along Highway 18 between Navajo and Central roads,” said Miller. “It’s a good time to work on them because vehicle and pedestrian traffic has been reduced due to the temporary closures in the area.”
Motorists are urged to use caution in the area as traffic controls and temporary road closures will be in place during all four phases of construction. The project, which separates the outer highway from the main state route highway, will also heighten pedestrian awareness and enhance the overall aesthetics of the area with reconstructed curb and gutters, stamped concrete, rockscape and repairing portions of the sidewalk and parkway drains. In a public private partnership, the project’s design was paid for by the Village Property and Business Improvement District (PBID) Association.
More projects are scheduled to begin in the coming weeks extending into the summer. Among them are Safe Routes to Schools construction at Rio Vista Elementary School, Mariana Academy, Sandia Academy and Apple Valley High School; reconstruction of the bike path along Navajo Road south of Bear Valley; resurfacing of 35 miles of road; a signal upgrade on Jess Ranch Parkway that will provide protected left turns into the marketplace; and drainage improvements on Navajo Road that will divert storm water into a retention basin at James Woody Park.
Most notable of the upcoming projects is the realignment of Highway 18 and Apple Valley Road that is scheduled to begin in August and continue through 2021.
In addition to all the construction projects, Public Works staff continue to fill potholes, sweep public roads, maintain the sewer system, clean bus stops, replace street signs and more. To report an item that needs attention, please visit av.town/letusknow.
For questions on these projects contact (760) 240-7000 x7013.
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The Town of Apple Valley is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic throughout the county, state, and nation. For updated information regarding COVID-19, visit the following official resources:
- White House: coronavirus.gov/
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): cdc.gov/coronavirus
- California's Coronavirus Response: covid19.ca.gov/
- San Bernardino County Department of Public Health: wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus
- San Bernardino County’s COVID-19 webpage: http://sbcovid19.com/
- SB County COVID-19 data dashboard with number of tests, cases, deaths, locations , and more:
Desktop view: https://av.town/countydashboard
Mobile view: https://av.town/mobiledashboard
Recent Town Actions
- Town takes action to limit hoarding: Executive Order 2020-02
- Town temporarily halts evictions, utility shutoffs: Executive Order 2020-01
- Town declares local emergency: Proclamation 2020-01 & Resolution 2020-10
Essential and Non-Essential Businesses and Gatherings
The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and the San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services are working cooperatively to keep cities throughout the County updated with the latest information and guidance on a variety of topics ranging from allowable gatherings, personal hygiene to travel advisories.
On March 17, the County of San Bernardino issued a clarifying statement to their earlier order concerning social gatherings. The order requires the cancellation of public or private gatherings of people through April 6. The order defines “gathering” as “any event or convening that brings together people in a single room or single space at the same time.” Learn more >
To report potential violations of gathering or businesses, please call (909) 387-3911
NOTE: Residents of San Bernardino County may also call the COVID-19 hotline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The hotline is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Small Business Resources
- U.S. Small Business Administration: Apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan at https://disasterloan.sba.gov; for more resources visit https://sba.gov/coronavirus
- Inland Empire Small Business Development Center: (800)-616-7232 , https://inlandempiresbdc.org/resource/covid-19/
- Business Survival Strategies from the IE Center for Entrepreneurship: https://entre.csusb.edu/newsMgr/index.php?newsId=93&page=
- Search for jobs at OnwardCA, a new job matching website featuring job openings and resources. OnwardCA.org
- File an unemployment claim online with the CA Employment Development Dept: edd.ca.gov/claims.htm
- Retailers now hiring according to the CA Retailers Association: https://calretailers.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Retailers-Hiring-in-California_Final.pdf
Food and Other Local Resources
211. Please dial 211 for resources within San Bernardino County or visit https://ieuw.org/211-san-bernardino/
Feed My Sheep Food Bank and the Town have partnered to deliver food to seniors, disabled and homeless persons in Apple Valley. For more info call (760) 247-6488 or visit http://av.church/food
- Victor Valley Community Service Council/ High Desert Second Chance offers delivery services for seniors and disabled persons They are providing food, hygiene products and pet food at this time. Please call (760) 243-9646.
- Rock'n Our Disabilities is providing food and hygiene products. Please call (760) 998-2241.
- Municipal Animal Shelter
- Public Playgrounds and Skatepark
- Newton T. Bass Apple Valley Branch Library
Heightened Hygiene Practices
As is typical during any flu season, public health officials recommend individuals take a number of steps to protect both their health and the health of those around them, which include:
- Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
- N95 masks are NOT recommended outside of a healthcare setting. Surgical masks can be worn by sick individuals to reduce their likelihood of spreading germs.
- If someone becomes sick with a respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, they should stay away from work, school and other people to avoid spreading the illness and seek treatment from their healthcare provider.
The Town of Apple Valley will continue to monitor the situation and immediately inform the community if any specific precautions or guidance are provided by either the Department of Public Health or the Office of Emergency Services.