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Frank Ferry: Magic Mountain-Interstate 5 expansion ready

Live from City Hall

Posted: August 27, 2009 9:26 p.m.
Updated: August 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
For those of you who regularly travel the areas around Six Flags Magic Mountain, the Valencia Industrial Center and The Old Road, the completion of the expansion of the intersection of Magic Mountain Parkway and Interstate 5, including the freeway on and off ramps, is welcome news indeed.

To celebrate this tremendous milestone, the city of Santa Clarita is hosting a brief grand opening event, open to the public, on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 9 a.m. in front of Marie Callender's Restaurant.

The city has been the lead agency for this pivotal multi-million dollar project that serves to dramatically improve traffic flow near our major work and recreation areas.

The purpose of the expansion project is to relieve existing and future traffic congestion at this busy area of the Santa Clarita Valley, including measures to improve safety and increase roadway capacity to meet current and future needs.

The city, together with our funding partners, Newhall Land, MTA/METRO, as well as the County of Los Angeles, have worked together with myriad utility companies, contractors and construction companies to expand this important intersection, providing the commuting public with better traffic flow.

This multifaceted and complex three-year project included the reconstruction of the Magic Mountain Parkway/I-5 interchange and the realignment of The Old Road.

This included the reconstruction of all four freeway ramps, a new auxiliary lane in advance of the northbound off ramp, widening of Magic Mountain Parkway from The Old Road to the proposed northbound ramps, necessary tapers on Magic Mountain Parkway to join existing roadways and realignment and widening of The Old Road from approximately 1,804 feet south of Magic Mountain Parkway to approximately 1,476 feet north of Magic Mountain Parkway.

The project also involved relocating the Chevron station on the corner of Magic Mountain Parkway and The Old Road from its previous location to a new location directly west of the new intersection.

The expansion included 11 stages of improvements; the duration of each stage ranged from 10 to 100 working days.

Dozens of agencies and entities participated, working together to complete it on time and with the least inconvenience to the public and local businesses.

The total cost for this project, including design, environmental work, property acquisition and construction was approximately $47 million, paid for by Newhall Land, MTA/METRO and fees from the Valencia Bridge and Thoroughfare District.

To keep all interested parties apprised of the progress, the city created a special e-mail blast list to regularly send out information about the project.

Additionally, the city's Public Works staff went door-to-door to all of the businesses in the vicinity of the project area, meeting with them regularly to let them know what was happening with the project, especially at critical junctures.

A special Magic Mountain/Interstate 5 icon was a constant on the city's home page, offering up-to-date information about the progress of the project, including any impending lane closures.

The city wants to thank everyone for their patience and courtesy during this complicated project and to invite everyone to the official grand opening event on Sept. 8.

Frank Ferry is mayor of Santa Clarita. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. "Live from City Hall" runs Fridays in The Signal and is provided by the city of Santa Clarita.

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