Morongo Basin,Ca.- The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council met in regular session On February 10, 2014. Max Rossi, Chair of the Roads Committee gave this report:
Two community meetings were properly scheduled, announced, and held. The first meeting took place at the Wonder Valley Community Center on Saturday February 1, 2014, with 17 residents in attendance, and the second Morongo Basin wide meeting took place at the Bob Burke County Government Offices on Friday, February 7, 2014 with 14 residents in attendance.
At this last meeting Elizabeth Karman, Steve Tuttle, and Bobbie Flint will join Max Rossi in making up the members of the Subcommittee on Roads. Julian Gonzalez volunteered as an alternate member.
The road issues raised were wide-ranging, but fall within the following pattern of concerns:
1. Widening and overhaul of Amboy Road in Wonder Valley to be brought into standards compliance, stretching from Bouillon Mountain Road to Iron Age Road. The road has no shoulders, just soft sand and potholes. The lines on the outside edges of the road go right into the sand. This is the preferred artery to Laughlin, Las Vegas, and heavy military vehicles. The counter in 2010 showed a daily traffic of 1,400 vehicles. Need space for bicycles and walkers.
2. Driving speeds on dirt roads are too high. Need signage. Emergency vehicles need good roads. Speed signage need to be installed or replaced. Too much or too little dirt roads grading causes problems during flashflood season. Also, speeding on desert roads is a problem that could be addressed through solar-powered speed signs. Our desert communities need better street signage
3. Route 247 needs to complete overhaul and widening with badly needed allowances for shoulders, turnouts, pullouts, and proper grading. Perhaps this could be a two-phase project. This road needs better flood control channels. Other roads in urgent need of attention are in Flamingo Heights, Alta Loma, Sun Mesa Road, and Yucca Mesa.
4. Black Rock Road leading toward the Joshua Tree National Park in Yucca Valley is in severe disrepair. The 3 to 5 block section is crumbling with pieces of broken asphalt and potholes. This is an embarrassing situation for our community with tourists traveling this road daily.
5. And so, after hours of listening to community roads concerns, this subcommittee proposes that the Roads Commission be reassigned by Superintendent Ramos, charged with conducting a priorities list of projects with a well-informed plan of action.
MAC Subcommittee on Roads
Max Rossi, Chair
Report to the MAC, February 10, 2014
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