Under the development agreement, there will be three roads in and out of Anaverde.
The first "secondary access road" was planned to connect Avenue S with Elizabeth Lake Road, via a bridge over the aqueduct. That road will be named Bridge Road. A bridge already exists in the proper location over the aqueduct, but it is only two lanes wide and very old. The developer has the choice to either expand that bridge or build a new bridge. Back when Empire was the developer, they chose to build a new bridge. The plans for the actual bridge were approved years ago.
There are two issues that delayed the building of that bridge. The area up to the bridge is a big gully that has to be filled in to bring that area up flat to create a road (Bridge Road) to meet the bridge. The plans for the road itself are still in design phase. The second issue is that there are power poles on the north side of the aqueduct that must be moved before the bridge can be built. Plans began in December 2006 to move the poles. The poles will have to be moved to an area that Edison does not have permits for, however, so Edison will need to submit designs and plans to get new permits for the poles. Also, this might require them to move the entire power line.
Since completion of that bridge and road were dependent on an outside agency (Edison), the developer and the city looked for a quicker solution that they would control.
The third access in/out of Anaverde was meant to occur much farther down the developmental road. Eventually, Avenue S was to continue from where it is now, and go all through Anaverde and then through Ritter Ranch on our western side, to terminate out by Bouquet Canyon. The original plan was for that to happen as Anaverde spread west and Ritter Ranch spread east and then Avenue S would sort of meet up in the middle at the end of both developments.
In 2008, Empire and SunCo (who was the developer of Ritter Ranch but has since gone bankrupt) worked together with the city to create an agreement to build Avenue S all the way through both communities before the two developments were complete. The city agreed to allow this plan so that the development could continue. This required special documentation, plans, and permitting, since they have to submit and obtain approval not only for the road, but the utilities under and around it, without having the full development of the phases around it approved.
So the Bridge Road designs were put on hold for the Avenue S designs.
As of the summer of 2008 they were in the final stages of permitting Avenue S. It is not known how far that process went before Empire went bankrupt.
So for now, Avenue S to the east remains the only paved route in and out of Anaverde.