YUCCA VALLEY — Six new traffic signals and additional raised medians are planned in Yucca Valley.
Signs are already out alerting drivers to road work that will begin Monday, Oct. 8, at Twentynine Palms Highway and Old Woman Springs Road. Raised median islands are slated for the north, south and west legs of that area. The signal light at that intersection will be modified to allow for dedicated left turns.
The town’s upcoming projects list also includes three segments of raised medians on Twentynine Palms Highway, from Apache Trail to Palm Avenue. Street lighting will be improved or installed and sidewalks, curbs and gutter improvements are slated for that section of town.
A traffic signal at Church Street is expected next year.
Within the next two years, a signal light will be put in at Dumosa Trail and the highway, intended to improve access to the community center and a coming senior housing project.
A Safe Routes to School grant awarded to the town in June will pay for a flashing light at Sage Avenue and Pueblo Trail, near Yucca Valley High School.
As the Wal-Mart Supercenter takes shape at Avalon Avenue, so will the traffic improvements the Supercenter helped pay for.
Traffic signals will be installed in three areas: Twentynine Palms Highway at Inca Trail; Joshua Lane at Yucca Trail and Palomar Avenue and Yucca Trail.
Avalon Avenue is slated to be widened from the highway to Palisade Drive, with a four-way stop at Avalon Avenue and Palisade Drive.
Road improvements are not the only projects on the horizon. A replacement animal shelter is in the works with construction expected to begin in January.
Yucca Valley will also make improvements to its community center park on Dumosa Avenue by replacing playground equipment and installing a splash pad for children. January is the target date for construction on the park projects.
“In summary, we have under way right now approximately $8 million in road and street projects, $1.54 million in park projects, $3.4 million in public building projects and $419,000 in flood control and drainage projects, ” Shane Stueckle, deputy town manager for Yucca Valley, said Tuesday, Oct. 2.
Aside from the traffic improvements being paid for by Wal-Mart, the town-sanctioned projects are coming largely from Measure I money, Congestion Management Air Quality Funds, Community Development Block Grants and the Safe Routes to School grant.