As a resident of the High Desert and a Real Estate Agent and Investor myself I thought it prudent to look into the High Desert Corridor Project and how the project may affect the High Desert area. Many residents have used Highway 138/Palmdale Rd to go 'the back way' into the LA area. While it may not be the fastest route, many High Desert residents opt to travel the 14 freeway to avoid the 15 freeway traffic. I thought that there may be others interested in the project as well.

 

According to the Department of Transportation the High Desert Corridor Project is a new freeway/expressway between Palmdale, CA and Victorville, CA that would be approximately 63 miles long. According to a Metro website the idea of the corridor was initially proposed in the 1970's. This proposed by-pass would alleviate traffic in the LA basin and allow easier truck movement from Mexico.

 

Thirty seven years later the project is again being discussed. According to a High Desert Corridor video in 2007 phase 1A was identified as as one of four priority projects for the San Bernardino governments and the project was set on the table. Three years and many hours later work began to obtain environmental clearances for a 500-foot right of way between Victorville and Palmdale for the High Desert Corridor. The idea is that the High Desert Corridor would provide a multi lane freeway as well as a possible rail line within the center median. The Caltrans site has a proposed route for the new High Desert Corridor including a few route variations. These variation take into consideration the impact on surrounding areas and natural resources. The detailed map show the proposed on and off ramp sites as well as a Victorville Rail Station Connection.

A recent Daily Press article said that the environmental document is expected to be released in August and that the High Desert Corridor is still in the environmental phase. According to the article Danielle Valentino of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority said, "There is not money at this time to fund the project," she said, "but there is money to study the alignment". Public hearings could begin as early as September.  

 

So what does this mean to land owners? Land owners in the Palmdale, Lancaster, Adelanto, and Victorville areas need to keep up to date on the news of this project. Land values near the freeway could see a rise in value IF the project is funded and construction begins. What once was rural vacant land could have freeway frontage. Please keep in mind that this project may not come to fruition. Keep well informed on the progress.

 

What if my property is located within the proposed corridor? Remember there are proposed variations to the route of the corridor. IF you own property in the proposed corridor, and IF the project received the funding the government would exercise its right of eminent domain. Eminent domain is the right of the government or its agent to take property with compensation for public use. What this means is that IF your property was in the route of the corridor the San Bernardino or Los Angeles County, depending on which county your property is located within, would send you paperwork exersising their right of eminent domain. They would take possession of the property and propose a 'fair market value' to you for your property.

 

So the BIG question is what happens now? We wait. We see if the government funds the project and moves forward or if the project sits and waits for another generation to build. Remember, this was originally proposed in 1970, its waited 37 years so far. The High Desert Corridor may be years from breaking ground.
 

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"By mid-August, we actually hope to release the environmental document," Valentino said.
But she also pointed to one of the grim realities facing the project right now: There aren't enough available dollars to see it through to fruition.
"There is not money at this time to fund the project," she said, "but there is money to study the alignment."
Following the anticipated release of the Environmental Impact Statement/Report, public hearings on the document could occur as early as September.
- See more at: http://www.vvdailypress.com/article/20140521/NEWS/305219991/0/SEARCH#sthash.ueUtdgWC.dpuf

 

 

 

"By mid-August, we actually hope to release the environmental document," Valentino said.
But she also pointed to one of the grim realities facing the project right now: There aren't enough available dollars to see it through to fruition.
"There is not money at this time to fund the project," she said, "but there is money to study the alignment."
Following the anticipated release of the Environmental Impact Statement/Report, public hearings on the document could occur as early as September.
- See more at: http://www.vvdailypress.com/article/20140521/NEWS/305219991/0/SEARCH#sthash.ueUtdgWC.dpuf


 

 

 

By mid-August, we actually hope to release the environmental document - See more at: http://www.vvdailypress.com/article/20140521/NEWS/305219991/0/SEARCH#sthash.ueUtdgWC.dpuf

 

 

By mid-August, we actually hope to release the environmental document - See more at: http://www.vvdailypress.com/article/20140521/NEWS/305219991/0/SEARCH#sthash.ueUtdgWC.dpuf

 

 

By mid-August, we actually hope to release the environmental document - See more at: http://www.vvdailypress.com/article/20140521/NEWS/305219991/0/SEARCH#sthash.ueUtdgWC.dpuf
By mid-August, we actually hope to release the environmental document - See more at: http://www.vvdailypress.com/article/20140521/NEWS/305219991/0/SEARCH#sthash.ueUtdgWC.dpuf