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Bouquet Junction is city's busiest crossroad

• More than 100,000 vehicles pass through it daily.

Posted: April 27, 2008 3:08 a.m.
Updated: June 28, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Whites Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road, No. 4 busiest intersection, is viewed toward the west-northwest, with the Santa Clara River on the left, the Food for Less center in the foreground, the Ralph's/CVS stores at left center, and the Big Lots stores at right center.

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Known for congested intersections and jam-packed, gridlocked freeways, busy roads are as much a part of life in Southern California as food and air.

Santa Clarita is no different. While many roads in the Los Angeles area rank among the busiest in the world, several roads in the Santa Clarita Valley are busy enough to raise the blood-pressure of just about any motorist traveling in the area.

No doubt, with the increases in population throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, the number of cars has also increased. With more vehicles on the road, that potentially means more traffic - and busier intersections.

There are several junctions throughout the SCV that are constantly busy and handle a high volume of vehicles. The four busiest ones within the city of Santa Clarita are:

1. Bouquet Junction - The intersection of Bouquet Canyon Road, Soledad Canyon Road and Valencia Boulevard.

According to Cesar Romero, signal operations supervisor with the city of Santa Clarita, Bouquet Junction is the busiest intersection within the city limits. More than 100,000 vehicles pass through Bouquet Junction daily.

In traffic counts conducted since 2003, Bouquet Canyon Road itself has averaged more than 59,000 vehicles per day.

One count performed by the L.A. County Department of Public Works on Nov. 16 showed a total of 66,399 vehicles traveling on Bouquet Canyon Road through the intersection.

The highest number of vehicles on Bouquet Canyon Road during the public works traffic count was 71,083 on April 11, 2003.

2. Sierra Highway and Soledad Canyon Road - While Bouquet Junction claims top honors for the busiest intersection in Santa Clarita, one eastside intersection is not too far behind. More than 90,000 vehicles per day traveled through the intersection of Sierra Highway and Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country.

3. McBean Parkway and Valencia Boulevard - In Valencia, the junction of McBean Parkway and Valencia Boulevard is in a dead heat with Sierra Highway and Soledad Canyon Road, as it also has more than 90,000 vehicles traveling through this intersection on a daily basis.

4. Soledad Canyon Road and Whites Canyon Road - Yet another Canyon Country intersection made the list of busiest junctions in the SCV. According to Romero, this intersection also averages close to 90,000 vehicles per day.

While these junctions are the four busiest intersections inside the city of Santa Clarita, there are several junctions just outside city limits that are among the busiest in the SCV, according to public works:

• The Old Road and Rye Canyon Road - According to traffic counts performed by public works, this intersection in Castaic averaged a little more than 28,238 vehicles per day during peak hours (morning and evening rush hours).

• The Old Road and Stevenson Ranch Parkway - Public works traffic counts show that this intersection in Stevenson Ranch averaged 26,079 vehicles per day during peak hours between 2003 and 2007.

• The Old Road at Magic Mountain Parkway - In the same time period, this intersection in the unincorporated area had an average of more than 24,942 vehicles per day during peak hours.

While several other intersections that also have high traffic volume, Romero said the city is making every effort to maintain and improve traffic flow.

He offered several examples of improvements that have already been made, or are in progress, to help alleviate congestion at the busiest of intersections.

"On Bouquet Canyon Road and Valencia Boulevard, we've created triple left turn lanes to alleviate traffic in that area," Romero said.

"Also, at Whites Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road, we are changing the striping to add a third lane on northbound lanes of Whites Canyon."

Romero added that Santa Clarita traffic engineers are constantly synchronizing traffic lights and performing signal timing tests.

"We do synchronizing every three years," he said. "We collect data to improve traffic flows."

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