When on-campus classes begin, students who walk or bike to four local schools will have safer routes to travel after the Town of Apple Valley completed several roadway improvement projects. 

Town officials announced Monday that the completed improvements were identified as priorities in the “Town’s Safe Routes to Schools Master Plan” that was adopted by the Town Council in 2017.  

The projects focused on the most commonly used routes to Sandia Academy, Apple Valley High School, Mariana Academy and the Rio Vista School of Applied Learning.

The Apple Valley Unified School District announced Friday that beginning March 8, the district will return to its hybrid, in-person model for preschool and transitional kindergarten through 6th grades.

The California Department of Transportation’s Senate Bill 1, better known as the gas tax, provided a $3.4 million grant to pay for the projects.

One project included a new curb, gutter and sidewalk to portions of Manhasset and Sandia roads. 

Before and after photos of the Manhasset Road improvement project that includes a new curb, gutter and sidewalk leading up to Mariana Academy school in Apple Valley.

Another project was the reconstruction of nearly two miles of the Class 1 bike path along portions of Navajo and Tussing Ranch roads to Mendel Park near Mariana Academy. 

Work at Rio Vista included a new curb, gutter, sidewalks, ADA ramps, and high-visibility crosswalks providing a separated pathway where none previously existed.  

Also, a 10-foot wide multi-use path was constructed on the south side of Cronese Lane near Rio Vista, which may serve as an alternate drop-off location for parents.