YUCCA VALLEY — Three new traffic lights are under construction on Yucca Trail and Twentynine Palms Highway.
The Wal-Mart corporation is paying for two of the signals: the ones on Yucca Trail at Palomar Avenue and at Joshua Lane. The company will pay for another traffic signal on the highway at Inca Trail.
The corporation is paying for the traffic improvements in accordance with its conditions of approval and environmental requirements for the new Supercenter.
Also slated for installation this year are two more lights on the highway, one at Dumosa Avenue and another at Church Street. Those will be part of a Caltrans project. Design on the Dumosa light is expected to start within the next 90 days.
Road work has already begun on Yucca Trail at Joshua Lane and at Palomar Avenue.
“What you’re seeing … is traffic improvements Super Wal-Mart has to make,” Deputy Town Manager Shane Stueckle said Tuesday. “We have not seen the precise construction schedule yet, but they all have to be operational prior to the opening of the store.”
Stueckle said the three new lights required of Wal-Mart will be paid for entirely by the company. He estimated the signals and poles cost between $200,000 to $250,000 each, not including median or other road improvements that sometimes have to be made.