Busy intersection gets makeover

FROM STAFF REPORTS

With daily traffic counts nearing 45,000, crews spent the last several weeks giving the intersection of Kasota Road and Highway 18 a much needed upgrade, according to Kathie Martin, spokeswoman for the town of Apple Valley.

Funded by Measure I, the half-cent transportation sales tax in San Bernardino County, the project allowed the town to widen the road and dedicate a left turn lane in each direction on Kasota Road, Martin said.

Officials said the project also brought pedestrian crossings into compliance with ADA requirements at the same time. Caltrans and the town cooperated on the efforts, according to Martin.

“This is one of the busiest intersections on Highway 18, second only behind Apple Valley Road,” Brad Miller, town engineer, said.

The intersection is home to St Joseph Health, St. Mary Medical Center, with the entrance to the main parking lot and emergency room just to the north. The dedicated left turn lanes have noticeably improved the flow of traffic, Martin said, and even resulted in calls and emails of appreciation to town offices.

In conjunction with the intersection improvements, crews also added a sidewalk and bus shelter on South Outer Highway 18, just east of Kasota. This is an important stop in the town’s public transit schedule, serving the many medical offices and businesses nearby, according to Martin.