The city is using its own funding for the design work. Palmdale officials want to expand Rancho Vista Boulevard between Fairway Drive and 30th Street East from two lanes in each direction to three lanes in each direction with a median. The total project is expected to cost about $12 million. The work would also include bike paths on both sides. Intersections would be striped with left-turn pockets and, where necessary, widened for right-turn lanes as well. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “We’re going to focus on the intersection with Sierra Highway,” said Mayor Jim Ledford. “We need multiple turn lanes.” The design work is expected to take about six months, said Leon Swain, Palmdale’s director of public works. The city still needs to find or allocate more money for the project. The earliest it could move forward would be in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. It will take two or three years to complete the improvements, Swain said. Highlighting Plant 10 and Plant 42’s contributions to national defense, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, was able to successfully lobby for $2.8 million for the project to be included in a $286.4 billion, six-year federal transportation funding bill. PALMDALE – City officials plan to spend $395,913 for design work on the $5.5 million widening of a portion of Rancho Vista Boulevard, including the reworking of the intersection at Sierra Highway. At a meeting Monday night, the City Council will consider a contract with Lim and Nascimento Engineering Corp. to prepare the final design for widening the street from Third Street East to 10th Street East. A key aspect is to rework the intersection at Sierra Highway, a project aimed at relieving rush-hour congestion around Lockheed Martin’s Plant 10 and neighboring Air Force Plant 42. More than 6,500 workers now travel along Rancho Vista and Avenue M to jobs at Lockheed Martin’s Plant 10 and the neighboring Air Force Plant 42.