AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The bill includes $545,000 to widen Rancho Vista Boulevard to six lanes from Fairway Drive to 30th Street East. The project includes a major reworking of the intersection with Sierra Highway to ease rush-hour congestion for workers heading in and out of Air Force Plant 42. More than 6,500 workers now travel along Rancho Vista and Avenue M to jobs at Lockheed Martin’s Plant 10 and the neighboring Air Force Plant 42. The bill includes $250,000 for a $10.5 million city of Lancaster project to build a baseball complex at the former fairgrounds. The complex will not only accommodate local sports programs, but also will be available for tournaments much in the same way the city uses its soccer and softball fields to attract tournaments and sports tourism dollars. Grading work for the complex is wrapping up and the city has bids out for the first phase of development. “Phase 1 will be the basic improvements to 10 fields, some concrete walkways and fencing,” said Lyle Norton, city director of parks, recreation and arts. The funding included in the bill for the complex will likely go toward the next phase of development. Eventually the city wants to have 13 ballfields, permanent concession stands and restroom buildings, lighting and a batting cage. The bill includes $100,000 for the Antelope Valley Boys & Girls Club for a new roof and a heating and air-conditioning system. The club operates out of the former watch-and-wager building at the old fairgrounds on Division Street near Avenue I. The building has a set of old swamp coolers now, which have become a nesting place for birds. To winterize the coolers, a Boy Scout wrapped the coolers with vinyl donated from a billboard company to keep cold air from flowing into the building, said Laura Setzer, the club’s director of development. “I can’t tell you how much this means for the kids,” Setzer said of the funding. The club provides services on a daily basis to approximately 500 children between the ages of 6 and 17. Those services include homework help, tutoring and mentoring programs in addition to social and recreational activities. Although it’s not in the Antelope Valley, another project of interest to north Los Angeles County residents also received funding. The bill also includes $1 million for the Cross Valley Connector transportation project that will connect Interstate 5 and the Antelope Valley Freeway. The Cross Valley Connector will consist of 8.5 miles of new six- and eight-lane arterial roadways, bridges, grade-separated crossings and intersections. The project is expected to significantly ease traffic in and around the Santa Clarita Valley. 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 – Congress has approved funding for a major intersection project, a baseball field complex, and a new roof and heating system for the Antelope Valley Boys & Girls Club. The Senate and House of Representatives agreed last week to fund the projects in their conference report for the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, Judiciary and District of Columbia Appropriations Act. The conference report is the result of negotiations between the two bodies in which differences in their bills are ironed out. The conference report was approved by the House and awaits a vote by the Senate before going to President George W. Bush sign. “I am pleased that the Appropriations Committee saw the vital need in funding these important projects,” said U.S. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, whose district includes the Antelope Valley.
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