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McBean Parkway bridge widening begins

Posted: October 7, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 7, 2013 2:00 a.m.

A pile driver is on stand by next to McBean Parkway where it crosses over the Santa Clarita Bridge. The pile driver will be used to drive steel beams into the ground (shown bottom right) where the bridge will be widened, allowing a 16-foot-wide sidewalk, said Tony Mattivi, vice president for Security Paving. Photo by Charlie Kaijo.

Work has begun on a multimillion-dollar project to expand, resurface and add a median to a stretch of McBean Parkway in Valencia.

The overall project, which has a total budget just north of $9 million, is made up of several phases, according to Hoon Hahn, a city senior engineer and the project’s manager.

The first aspect is expansion of the McBean Parkway Bridge, a 102-foot-wide span that runs between Avenue Scott and Creekside Road. The bridge will be widened by 31 feet.

Doing so will allow construction of a fourth southbound lane on the road, Hahn said. Currently, the road in the area is seven lanes, with four going northbound and three going southbound.

Hahn said traffic impacts as a result of the project should be minimal.

“Right now I don’t anticipate much at all,” he said.

The project also entails construction of a landscaped median that will run from Creekside Road to Avenue Scott, according to Hahn.

Work will also take place off the road itself, as part of the project involves building links between existing portions of nearby trails, including those that run along the Santa Clara River.

The road segment will also be restriped and resurfaced once construction is completed, Hahn said.

“But much of that work takes place at night to reduce the traffic impact,” he said.

The project is expected to be completed in September or October of next year, Hahn said.
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