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Traffic signals, medians on their way to Yucca Valley

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Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2012 1:41 am

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.

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  • Branson Hunter posted at 7:27 am on Mon, Oct 15, 2012.

    Branson Hunter Posts: 962

    Does Yucca have any reserve funds set aside?

  • Margo Sturges posted at 11:24 pm on Sun, Oct 14, 2012.

    Margo Sturges Posts: 85

    Town Manager (Nuaimi, I presume) writes the following:

    "The Safe Routes To School grant was a competitive application with CalTrans and the Town was successful in securing those funds to deliver sidewalks from YVHS to SR62/Sage."

    For the record, the first Safe Routes to School grant was located and secured by a caring Yucca Valley town engineer on his own time. This highly qualified staff member, living in the Town of Yucca Valley with his wife and young son, was rewarded for his efforts by being tossed out by the Deputy Town manager. The kudos should go to Art for subsequent grants under this program, in my opinion.

  • Bob Mateski posted at 1:07 pm on Sat, Oct 13, 2012.

    Bob Mateski Posts: 303

    I dont know if this will improve traffic flow or not, but from a safety standpoint it will probably decrease car accidents and pedestrians being mowed down.

  • CEO posted at 6:54 pm on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    CEO Posts: 384

    It's clear now, stop lights and raised medians, that is what government is needed for. They sure know how to spend your money.

  • Dave Peach posted at 9:53 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    Dave Peach Posts: 2998

    The Conflict King/Welfare Queen has been writing checks his alter ego can't cash.

    Entering into an agreement with his former LAFCO lackey to construct an ill-situated, quick-kill animal shelter, which was advertised somewhat differently, was initially a popular move. Arranging any means of repaying the county for Yucca Valley's half of the agreement would have been tricky and not so popular, hence they conveniently "forgot" to do so. Political appointees and associates working for the county generously but suspiciously covered their assets with a "discretionary" allocation of about 1.3 million dollars, for a total of more than 3 million dollars, while neighboring communities received funding from the soon-to-be-former criminal county supervisor resembling only alms for the poor.

    Whether probation violations occurred during the transaction and subsequent coverups is a question that merits widespread consideration.

    How the remaining half-million dollars would be, or won't be budgeted remains questionable.

    Immediately encountering cost overruns and attempting to process invoices for work that hadn't been done seemed quite suspicious, but was likewise covered up.

    Installing a traffic light in anticipation of a senior complex that was previously rejected by HUD, commensurate with the criminal indictment of the former federal director who just happened have mutual acquaintances over at C.O.R.E., seems much like counting eggs while in denial about the impending hatchet.

    Nuaimi had previously pledged to create a "retail roadblock" on the west side, but developments on the east side will make for only roadblocks amid increasing blight on either side of town. Placing a residential building in the center of town would guarantee ghetto status, much as his previous endeavors accomplished.

    Squandering funds on his old and new pals while road maintenance remained "deferred", then declaring a "fiscal crisis" as the only means of continuing his devotion and resolving his indebtedness to former political enablers at Colton and Fontana, which are both experiencing authentic crises subsequent to Nuaimi's schemes, irrefutably exhibits his management capabilities.

    Denying local social service organizations their fair share of federal block grants flies in the face of the intended purposes. Stating that the town cannot afford to "donate to charities" ignores all the "special interests" that continue to receive allocations amid his self-concocted and self-induced "fiscal crisis".

    Soaking county, state and federal taxpayers while providing luxuries to himself and his formerly "isolated, liberated and irresponsible" supporters is more reminiscent of recently deposed despots and clans than a semblance of responsible leadership and equitable representation.

    "Ask and ye shall receive, huh? Answer to these questionable activities, and more, without first consulting with a defense attorney.

    Regardless of the usual "all audacity and no spine", you're undoubtedly going to need one.

  • Town Manager posted at 12:13 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    Town Manager Posts: 44

    Ask and ye shall receive. One of the projects moving forward with federal CMAQ funding is a signal synchronization project. Design work starting soon and should be completed in 2013.

  • desert lily posted at 1:13 am on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    desert lily Posts: 233

    Oh, great. Since no one in Yucca is smart enough to time the lights, it should now take an extra gallon of gas to get through town.

    Please put a freeway through the middle of Yucca. It will improve the traffic flow and let us pass through the Kingdom of Hagerman without stopping.

  • Town Manager posted at 12:25 pm on Mon, Oct 8, 2012.

    Town Manager Posts: 44

    These projects are not funded using local, general fund revenues. The Town secured a series of federal grants for the sidewalks/medians and recently secured funding from SANBAG to round out the needed resources to deliver over $5 million of improvements to SR62. These projects will provide sidewalks from Town Hall to Old Town.

    The Safe Routes To School grant was a competitive application with CalTrans and the Town was successful in securing those funds to deliver sidewalks from YVHS to SR62/Sage.

  • damndawgers posted at 9:02 pm on Sat, Oct 6, 2012.

    damndawgers Posts: 529

    I'll beleive it when i see it!

  • feederman posted at 7:08 am on Sat, Oct 6, 2012.

    feederman Posts: 37

    ..............................SPEND, SPEND, SPEND. Way to go town council........after its gone you can always raise the taxs, huh?


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