to benefit California District
Infrastructure, Water Improvements, Road Repairs& other Projects
July 30, 2021_ Washington D.C. ___ U.S. Congressman Jay
Obernolte (CA-08) has secured $11 million in funding for necessary projects within
California’s District#8, that passed the U.S. House of Representatives as part
of the week’s major appropriations package.
District #8 distribution of Federal Funds are:
$2 million for street improvements to Maple Avenue in
Will improve the portion of Maple
Avenue from Ranchero Road to Main Street, helping to boost connectivity for
residents and business centers, lower response times for emergency vehicles,
decrease greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs and facilitate growth for the
The project will widen the roadway to
five lanes, creating two travel lanes in each direction plus a center turn
lane. It will also add pedestrian and bicycle facilities, widen the California
Aqueduct Bridge and add traffic signals.
$2 million for the Victoria Avenue Improvements Project in
The $2 million in federal funding
will go towards improvements on Victoria Avenue between 9th Street and Highland
Avenue, including pavement reconstruction, curbs, gutters, driveways,
sidewalks, a raised median, wet and dry utilities and undergrounding of
existing utility lines.
Design of the project is currently at 85 percent
$757,803 for road and water
infrastructure improvements in Needles
Allocated towards the First Year
Paving Replacement Phase 3 project in Needles as part of the city’s street
pavement rejuvenation program to restore streets to good condition while
improving the deteriorated water infrastructure underneath.
The city’s road system is currently
in urgent need of maintenance and repair with residents unable to cover the
cost. The town of Needles has a population of approximately 4,320 with the
median household income of $39,022.
$960,000 for Replenish Big Bear Lake /Big Bear Valley
Funding will go to the Big Bear Area
Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA) to support the Replenish Big Bear
Project, a recycled water project aimed at recovering local water resources
currently discharged outside the Santa Ana Watershed to replenish the local
water supply, protect the Big Bear Valley environment, and strengthen the
tourism industry that drives Big Bear Valley’s recreation-based economy.
Currently, about 800 million gallons
of water, or half of Big Bear Valley’s annual water supply, is disposed of each
year. Replenish Big Bear will recapture and treat this lost water to
drinking water standards and use it to enhance water levels in the Big Bear Lake,
other near area water bodies, and the groundwater basin.
$800,000 for Adelanto’s wastewater treatment plant
Adelanto’s wastewater treatment
plant, located in the northeast portion of the city between State Route 395 and
the former George Air Force Base, began working to provide water for irrigation
purposes in 2010. Original capital infrastructure improvements failed to yield
satisfactory results and attempts to provide irrigation water were put on hold.
The $800,000 in funding will provide
the means for rehabilitating and retooling existing infrastructure to improve
results and meet treatment goals that will allow the city of Adelanto to
$1,932,00 for Apple Valley’s Desert Knolls Wash Phase III
Will provide for the construction of
an earthen channel with rock bank protection and rock drop structures designed
to slow the flow of water where the channel converges with the Mojave River
high water area.
The rock bank protected channel will
join with the existing concrete lined channel downstream of Apple Valley Road
and the Mojave River to stabilize the wash banks and stop erosion from
occurring through the Lewis Center property and school area.
$1 million for a street and sidewalk improvement project in
the City of Bishop
Will help to revitalize the downtown
area and eliminate congestion and unsafe sidewalks along Main Street.
Representative Obernolte saw the need
for this project firsthand during his recent visit to Bishop, California.