Apple Valley has broken ground on the reconstruction of Apple Valley Road and Highway 18, one of the High Desert town’s busiest intersections.
The project will improve traffic flow and safety at the intersection, which accommodates approximately 46,000 vehicles a day, according to a statement on the town’s website.
Apple Valley officials wanted to rebuild the intersection in 2015 but ran out of money during the project’s final design.
Plans include widening Highway 18 from four to six lanes, adding a second left-turn lane from westbound Highway 18 onto southbound Apple Valley Road, and realigning and widening Apple Valley Road.
Drainage systems will be refurbished, traffic signals replaced, and bike lanes and retaining walls added. Multiple agencies will be involved in the project, which is expected to be finished in late 2021.
The project, which will cost about $9.6 million, will be paid for by the town, county, and state, according to the statement.