The California Transportation Commission last week voted to allocate $1.7 billion for transportation projects statewide, with $31 million going to the ongoing Ranchero Road interchange project, according to a press release.

"The City Council and staff have been working very aggressively on this project for the past five years," said Council Member Mike Leonard. "This project is definitely in the fast-lane, and we look forward to the tremendous benefit this interchange will provide to the community."

Considered phase two of the Ranchero Corridor Project, the Ranchero Interchange is a regionally significant project. Officials say residents of Hesperia and the greater Victor Valley area will benefit, as well as commuters on Interstate 15. Once completed, the interchange is expected to dramatically improve the flow of traffic, providing much needed relief for both the Main Street and Bear Valley Road interchanges.

The city of Hesperia has committed Measure I funds, while state, federal and San Bernardino Associated Governments funding is helping finance the project.

Approximately $872 million of the $1.7 billion in funding was provided by Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006, according to the press release.

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