A truck lane project to improve traffic flow on Interstate 5 between Lyons Avenue and State Route 14, is now 47 percent complete.
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The project began in May 2012, and the California Department of Transportation has set the expected finish date in late 2014.
Though the project has caused staggered closures and detours throughout construction, Victor Lindenheim, executive director for the Golden State Gateway Coalition, said that they are “pleased with the progress.”
When the project is complete, there will be a designated southbound truck lane from the Lyons Ave./Pico Canyon Road off ramp to the Newhall Pass, and an extended northbound truck lane from the Newhall Pass.
Lindenheim said that this project brings many benefits for the Santa Clarita Valley and motorists passing through the area.
“The benefits of a project like that are huge,” he said. “They include, obviously, relieving traffic congestion, creating jobs, and separate safety–a very important benefit–separating slow-moving truck traffic from faster vehicle traffic in the other lanes.”
Lindenheim said that constructing the traffic lane has created an estimated 3,000 jobs and has helped stimulate commerce by bringing workers into the SCV.
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About the Golden State Gateway Coalition
The Golden State Gateway Coalition is a non-profit transportation education and advocacy organization based in Santa Clarita. Their members include community, business and government leaders who live in, work in and represent the interests of a fastpgrowing sub-region of Los Angeles County. Their goal is to improve roadway mobility, safety and goods movement throughout northern Los Angeles County. The Interstate 5 corridor is their priority. It is an important regional transportation facility and is a key economic roadway linking job centers, cities, ports, agriculture, and tourist attractions throughout California.
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Source: Santa Clarita News