Obernolte secures $11 million in federal funding for 8th District, including $4.7 million for High Desert projects

Motorists drive down Maple Avenue in Hesperia on Saturday, July 31, 2021. The road received $2 million in federal funding for a widening project through a request from 8th District Rep. Jay Obernolte, his office said.

Millions in federal funding will go toward several community projects, including the widening of a stretch of Maple Avenue in Hesperia, Rep. Jay Obernolte announced Friday.

Obernolte, R-Hesperia, said he secured $11 million for projects across his 8th District — money that is now expected to go, in part, toward boosting infrastructure in places like Adelanto and Apple Valley in addition to Hesperia.

“Rural areas such as California’s 8th District have historically received less funding per capita than urban areas, which is unfair. Securing funds for projects like this is critical to improving the quality of life in rural California and supporting the needs of the people who call our community home,” Obernolte said in a statement.

The funding was made available via requests Obernolte made to the House Appropriations Committee, according to his spokesperson Emily Carlin.