New Pavement Is Possible
For Newberry Springs
Originally posted: February 21, 2012
Updated: March 22, 2012
Approximately 30 miles of sandy roads in Newberry Springs MIGHT be
The Public and Support Services Group of San Bernardino County's Department
of Public Works is currently attempting to acquire asphalt grindings from an Interstate-40 road
maintainance project that the State of California is planning east of Newberry Springs.
Bill Little, Public Works Operations Supervisor for the county, is attempting
to acquire the grindings from the state's contractor for use in Newberry Springs; the nearest
population to the Interstate project.
According to Little, the acquisition of the grindings may not happen; and
there are numerous other approvals, such as for surveying, engineering and drainage, that are
necessary before the roadbed material could be used in Newberry.
Information on which roads would receive the pavement have not been announced;
but nonpaved county roads having the highest maintenance and use would likely be
Without the acquisition of the grindings and multiple approvals, no project
date has been established for the Newberry Springs proposal; however, due to the state's
Interstate-40 project schedule, a decision is expected to be known by mid-March.
According to county Public Works Operations Supervisor Bill Little, the road
project is still a real possibility. Little stated that the Mojave Water District has
"signed-off" on environmental concerns as well as approvals from some county departments.
The contractor who controls the removal and disposal of the chip grindings from
the I-40 roadbed has yet to agree to the release of the materials for Newberry Springs. The
apparent reasoning is that the contractor would prefer to dump the massive waste material at a
location that would not require such driving distance as to possibly northwest Newberry.
The Community Alliance has contacted CalTrans stating that it does not want
the surplus simply dumped in the desert causing environmental and visual blight.
If the material is acquired by Bill Little for the project, it is expected that
Public Works will be posting signs and notices soon within Newberry Springs for public input of
which streets will be paved for safety and frequency of use.