Palmdale's streets are going to be a labyrinth of orange cones and road crews this week. The city has announced a slew of road construction updates that will be rolling out from February 12 until February 18. According to the official city release, motorists are advised to ease off the gas pedal in construction zones and brace for some slowdowns.
Among the areas to watch out for, Challenger Way from Avenue M to Avenue L and the No. 2 southbound lane on 10th Street West from West Avenue M-14 to West Avenue N are set to face intermittent street and lane closures. To absolutely expect delays when cruising down Division Street between Grand Cypress Avenue and Penina Way as road work and tree trimming operations are in full swing. The announcement, detailing the disruptions, advised drivers to generally slow down when navigating the affected areas.
For those who routinely take Rancho Vista Boulevard, prepare to quickly re-think your route. Road upgrades and sewer maintenance are going to intermittently shut down parts of this thoroughfare, specifically from Seville Ave to 15th St West and again from 30th Street West to Dunbar Street. Full closures are not unheard of either, with 10th Street East from Palmdale Boulevard to Avenue R completely cut off to traffic. However, detours have been thought through to divert vehicles to 11th Street East.
Parks and transportation centers aren't escaping the construction craze either. Desert Sands Park and the Palmdale Transportation Center will sporadically close off portions of their parking lots and walkways, all for the sake of playground equipment renovations and transit planter overhauls. The city seems to have made efforts to minimize disruptions, but delays are still on the menu as lanes and shoulders on avenues ranging from Elizabeth Lake Road to Avenue S will periodically close down to accommodate landscape work and graffiti abatement.
For residents looking to efficiently report road issues or gather more information, Palmdale is promoting its Text My Gov service. By shooting a text saying "HI" to 661/780-PALM, one can report problems or get queries answered. Further, by opting in to receive text notifications with the keyword "PALMDALE" to 91896, updates on local happenings will be sent directly to their phones. Full details of the closures and available services have been listed on the City of Palmdale's website, where patience is undoubtedly the suggested mindset for the week ahead.
And if that wasn't quite enough, the Public Works Department can be reached out to at 267-5300 for anyone needing even more info. Whether it's for a daily commute or a quick run to the store, drivers in Palmdale will need to be extra vigilant and possibly tack on a few extra minutes to their journeys during this bout of urban spruce-up.