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6/18/24 Traffic And Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project

Santa Clarita Traffic And Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project Beginnings  

After nearly two years, the City of Santa Clarita was awarded $1.5 million in federal funding for its Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project.

The City of Santa Clarita got the $1.5 million in federal funding through a bipartisan collaboration between Senator Alex Padilla and Congressman Mike Garcia.

“So I’m a constituent of his and he’s a constituent of mine and he supported this earmark in the Senate, so I appreciate his support to the bipartisan project,” said Garcia. “Effectively, it comes down to security. All we want, regardless of what party we’re in, is security.”

Some of the work that is set to be done throughout Santa Clarita includes adding additional left-turning lanes, raising center medians for triple left-turn lane pockets, relocating bus stops, extending right-turn lanes and providing early access to left-turn lanes. 

“The project will kick off at the intersection of Copper Hill and Rio Norte Drive with an extension of the existing westbound left turn lane,” stated Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth. “This enchantment will allow for more cars to stack into the left turn lane, moving vehicles out of the thru providing more flow during peak hours, especially during student release at the adjacent Rio Norte Junior High School.”

The work being done on Copper Hill and Rio Norte Drive is the first of five locations to have work done to help with traffic and pedestrian traffic.

Other Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project sites include McBean Parkway and Newhall Ranch Road, Valley Center Drive and Golden Valley, Soledad Canyon and Golden Oak and Copper Hill and Newhall Ranch Road. 

Garcia mentioned that Santa Clarita’s population has been increasing, which isn’t bad, but it has also caused an influx in traffic.

“The challenge with that is you have to accommodate for that on the streets so this is a proactive way of getting ahead of the growth,” said Garcia. “Especially in this area behind (referring to the houses near Copper Hill and Rio Norte Drive) and growth in Valencia and Saugus and throughout the Santa Clarita Valley to make sure the traffic isn’t something people are complaining about. Ultimately, this will save lives. This will make sure a kid crossing the street doesn’t get hit by a car or that there isn’t a head-on collision on Copper Hill that results in a loss of life.”

Garcia drove home the point that this project is proactive. Some may see it as unnecessary, but the valley has been growing and plans to continue to do so. 

“There’s a project near Magic Mountain just a couple miles away that’s adding an additional 14,000 homes,” said Garcia. “Castaic is growing, Canyon Country is growing in the hills behind us there are several hundred homes being built right above us. So these are indicators that this is a place people want to live.”

Even though Santa Clarita has to spend money to improve traffic, Garcia sees this as a positive thing because it means people want to live in this valley.

“Santa Clarita has a great master plan when it comes to traffic flow, which is why everyone is moving here because of the schools, hospitals, the community and beautiful homes,” said Garcia. “This is what I like to refer to as a little utopia in California. It’s always in the top 10 safest cities in the nation for a reason. People want to come to Santa Clarita, so this is a good thing and a good way to enhance things.”

Similar projects like Santa Clarita’s Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project are currently being done in the Antelope Valley, Granada Hills and Porter Ranch.

 

 


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Santa Clarita Traffic And Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project Beginnings  

3 comments

  1. Here’s a good place to start; reinstate Jay Walking as a law!

  2. Can add horse safety to that now also
    Two horses killed and ran over on sand canyon

    People always have head burried in phone and speeding
    Need bigger consequences like lose your car for 30 days

  3. The irony is that the funds are coming from a bill that Mike Garcia voted against. And somehow now is lauding it as a personal political victory.

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About Steven Barrera

Steven Barrera was born and raised in the Santa Clarita Valley. He graduated high school from Golden Valley in 2019. He went to College of the Canyons for two years before transferring to The Master's University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications. Steven enjoys watching sports, and spending time with friends and family.