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Cross-valley gridlock

Posted: March 30, 2009 10:12 p.m.
Updated: March 31, 2009 4:59 a.m.
 
Well, folks, ready or not, here comes your beloved cross-valley connector. The last cent has been sucked out of developers. Buck has cashed in the final federal earmark for the project. Even the city kicked in a few bucks. Let the "road to gridlock" begin.

Let's begin our journey where Newhall Land has forked over mega-millions at Highway 126 and Interstate 5 so they'll be allowed to build their new city eventually. Nice road, nice interchange. Now we're going eastbound on Newhall Ranch Road, and our troubles begin.

While it's a wide, wonderful road, why are we stopping at all of the red lights the developers were allowed to put in? Oh, well, we are saving time, right?

As we cross Bouquet Canyon and enter another new housing project, we admire the expansive clear view of the Saugus Speedway before crossing "the bridge." Okay, now we're rolling, and onto Golden Valley Road. Hey, how come all the new shopping centers are right next to this road? Why would I stop? I'm headed straight for Highway 14.

As we cross Sierra Highway, wait! Wait just a darn minute! Traffic is at a dead stop. As we get nearer our destination, we see the problem: some Bozo forgot to widen the bridge at Highway 14. It has one lane across the bridge and one lane to turn around onto the freeway.

I'm sure the City Council went on a junket to check this out before it opened, right? Oh, I know, the state will take care of it someday. Or another developer, or another earmark.

Folks, we got suckered in again. No way around it, and don't forget who stands to benefit from this road: overweight, unlicensed, big-rig companies, bent on driving around the truck scales on I-5. Oh, and the next influx of developers.

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