Friday, August 30, 2013

In the Works: High Desert Corridor Project



The region in San Bernardino County to the East of Los Angeles County, known as Victor Valley, experienced significant growth in the past decade. As a result of this rapid expansion, The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“Metro”) and Caltrans, along with the towns of Palmdale, Lancaster and Victorville, and others, have joined together to execute a study on transportation improvement in this area. The High Desert Corridor (“HDC”) project is currently in the Draft Environmental Impact Report stage, The HDC footprint reflects the proposed span of this project, which would bridge the 14 and 18 freeways.

State transportation authorities believe that the current infrastructure, which moves commercial vehicles as well as provides transportation to local airports, does not support increased traffic volume. The goal of the HDC is to ease congestion along the route between Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties, but the project has also evolved into a “multipurpose corridor”. This multi-level plan includes toll roads, bicycle lanes and green energy initiatives such as charging stations for electric vehicles.