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Planning commission recommends median additions to Rimrock Road

Two new commissioners sworn-in


BARSTOW• The City of Barstow Planning Commission, acting in their role as the Traffic Committee, approved two recommendations for median additions during Monday night's meeting.

The medians, which would be added to Rimrock Road, between Barstow Road and Barcelona Drive, and Barstow Road and Montara Road, were proposed to improve safety on the throughway and to maintain long-term road costs.

The commission voted to approve the recommendation to install medians west of Barstow Road to Barcelona Circle with a caveat that they see the plans again before City Council approval.

Two residents who live on Berkeley Drive gave public comments in favor of the medians, stating that they felt the point of entrance at Trinity Road is unsafe.

“No less than six times I’ve almost been hit turning left,” one local commented.

City Engineer Brad Merrell said the medians would help prevent head-on collisions.

The recommendation to install medians between east of Barstow Road to Montara Road was also unanimously approved by the commission.

Several inquiries were made by public comment from Mike Hernandez, husband to Councilwoman Carmen Hernandez, who questioned the funding for the proposed medians.

Assistant City Manager Oliver Chi said part of the funding would come from a $8.5 million grant for flood control projects from San Bernardino County, and that the money would not be taken from the other planned street improvement projects.

“All of these elements have been thought through. We know we can afford it,” said Chi, who also stated that the projects were in line with the City Council’s plans to beautify Barstow.

This was the planning commission's first meeting since two new members were added. Andrew Ziemer and Beatrice Lint were sworn in, joining the returning commissioners Robert Clemmer, Viola Basulto and James Noble.

Recommendations from the planning commission go to the council for approval. The Street Committee will meet Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the large conference room at City Hall.

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