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Decoro nightmare

Posted: August 29, 2009 9:42 p.m.
Updated: August 30, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Who in the city of Santa Clarita's traffic engineering organization came up with the brilliant idea to re-stripe Decoro Drive to one lane in each direction?

I would like to provide this engineer with an award: "Worst Decision and Design by a Traffic Engineer."

Has the engineer taken the time to see the results of their brilliant redesign work?

The first day for the new traffic flow was an absolute nightmare. Eastbound traffic was backed up solid from Grandview all the way to McBean Parkway. It took me what felt like forever (okay, three to four minutes) to make a left turn onto Decoro from the Ralphs shopping center parking lot.

I exited only after I pushed my way into the line of cars, none of which would let me in, obviously experiencing the same level of frustration as I.

The traffic approaching McBean from the west side of Decoro is in no better shape. Decoro narrows down to one lane as it approaches McBean, causing many cars to back up from the signal. The traffic level noticeably increases when the school day ends at Valencia High, and during the rush hour drive home from the Industrial Center.

According to a Signal article, the street was supposedly re-striped to add a bike lane and right turn lanes. How many bike riders have the local residents seen climbing the hill going over Decoro? I have traveled this route since Decoro first opened and the number of bikers attempting this climb is minimal at best.

I for one would like the city to answer a few questions:

1. What was the result of the latest traffic study relative to the speed (85th percentile) of commuters on this section of Decoro?

2. What decision drove the complete redesign of the traffic flow on this route?

3. Why was this project completed in a vacuum without any communication to or input from the residents and commuters that use this route?

Traffic in the Santa Clarita Valley is bad enough already without the city creating additional levels of frustration for its residents.

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