ANTELOPE VALLEY : Funding OKd for 2 Transit Projects

The California Transportation Commission has approved funding $295,000 for a park-and-ride lot near Palmdale, and $1.2 million for the widening of Pearblossom Highway through the town of Pearblossom.

The construction of a 214-space lot near the junction of the Antelope Valley Freeway and Sierra Highway is expected to begin this fall and be completed by the end of the year. The city of Palmdale is contributing $55,000 toward the project.

Work on the 1.5-mile stretch of the highway through Pearblossom, between 106th St. East and 128th St. East, is expected to begin late this summer and be completed in the spring of 1993. Los Angeles County will contribute $1.2 million toward the project.

California Department of Transportation spokesman Russell Snyder said Friday that the highway widening project will add a passing lane in each direction and a left-turn lane to the chronically congested road that is now two lanes.

The project is the first of a five-stage project to widen 35 miles of the highway during the next 10 years at a cost of $105 million, Snyder said.

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