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Ground broken for roundabout

Seen as the latest in a series of projects promising to revitalize downtown Newhall

Posted: July 24, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 24, 2013 2:00 a.m.

From left, Bob Kellar, Marsha McLean, Laurene Weste, Ken Striplin, Scott Wilk and Los Angeles County official Hayden Sohm move the first earth for the Newhall roundabout on Tuesday.

Santa Clarita Valley civic leaders picked up the ceremonial gold-colored shovels Tuesday to turn the first clumps of earth for the Newhall roundabout.

Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar and others, including Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, turned out for the ground-breaking ceremony on the southwest corner of Main Street and Fifth Street in Newhall.

The roundabout is seen as the latest in a series of projects promising to revitalize downtown Newhall, Kellar told a group who attended the event.

“One of the priorities for revitalization in the Downtown Newhall Specific Plan was to change the character of the area by re-configuring traffic, making Old Town Newhall more pedestrian-friendly,” Kellar said.

The Federal Highway Administration contributed $702,000 to the $2.2 million project through a grant administered by Caltrans.

It’s the hope of civic leaders that traffic moving through Newhall will slow down at the roundabout and, at the same time, encourage more foot traffic in the area.

Construction begins in earnest later this month with traffic routed around the area. Work is expected to take seven to nine months to complete.




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