The city of Hesperia will take a pause to consider how the $6.2 million renovation of Spruce Street and Smoke Tree Road went before continuing the program.


"The township project, or the first two streets [of it], are two-thirds done," city spokeswoman Kelly Malloy said Thursday. The final phase will "start in two weeks, and it's the landscaping. That'll be just the rock-scaping and shrubs and some water-friendly landscaping. ... There'll be some large trees that go in."


In an effort to beautify the city's one of oldest residential neighborhoods, just from Hesperia City Hall, the city has put in new water and sewer lines, curbs and sidewalks, streetlights, fencing and, soon, landscaping.


"The lights are focused on the intersection and they're in on mid-block of long blocks," said Malloy. "We had community meetings when we first started the project and we had a lot of concern from residents about losing the night sky. ... So as a compromise, we put the lights at the intersections and mid-block, so that there would be some lighting but we'd also preserve the night sky for residents."


The new landscaping on Spruce and Smoke Tree will be finished next year. After that, officials will look at how the first two streets worked before continuing with the project.


"Once we do that, we'll look at designing the next two streets internally," said Malloy.


Which streets might get the upgrades next hasn't been decided.


"Most responses we get are positive," said Malloy. "They appreciate the sidewalks, they got a new road, the sewer connection."


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