first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “We think the location is good because of the proximity to Air Force Plant 42,” Ledford said. Topping Palmdale’s priority list is a request for $2 million for the widening of the intersection of Rancho Vista Boulevard and Sierra Highway. The project is aimed at relieving rush-hour congestion around Lockheed Martin’s Plant 10 and neighboring Air Force Plant 42. The project would create three through lanes in both the eastbound and westbound directions, two left-turn lanes in each direction, and two right-turn lanes in the westbound direction. Pointing to Plant 10 and Plant 42’s contributions to national defense, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, was able to successfully lobby for $2.8 million for the project to be included in a $286.4 billion, six-year federal transportation funding bill approved last year. The project would tie into a bigger effort to widen Rancho Vista Boulevard from the Antelope Valley Freeway to 20th Street East. The total build-out of the street is estimated to cost $27 million. The second priority, and by far the biggest dollar request, is $100 million in funding for a new east-west freeway, the High Desert Corridor. The freeway would link the Antelope Valley with Victorville. The Palmdale portion of that freeway would run along Avenue P-8 between the 14 Freeway and 50th Street East. That segment would help improve access to the Palmdale Regional Airport. The funding would be used for right-of-way acquisition. Other priorities for federal dollars include $800,000 to enhance aerospace training at the AERO Institute; $975,000 to assist with redevelopment of the area surrounding the city’s transportation center; $380,000 for the South Valley WorkSource Center; $380,000 for technology to help track library books and prevent theft; $290,000 for technology to help track crime; and $100,000 for equipment to allow a planned recreation center at Marie Kerr Park to be used as an emergency operations center in the event of a disaster. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Funding for a major intersection and a new east-west freeway are included on the city of Palmdale’s wish list of projects they will be seeking federal funding for this year. Mayor Jim Ledford and Councilman Steve Hofbauer will discuss the city’s federal funding priorities with congressional representatives and the city’s lobbyist when they travel to Washington, D.C., to attend the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference on March 11 to 15. City officials will also meet with representatives of Lockheed Martin Corp. to follow up on recent negotiations to possibly acquire a portion of a 640-acre parcel the corporation owns at Avenue M and Sierra Highway. The city is looking at that property as a possible location for a proposed power plant. The city is looking to establish a 500-megawatt power plant with one of the primary goals being to establish an affordable and reliable source of power for the region’s aerospace companies. The Lockheed Martin site is one of four under consideration for the project. last_img

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