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San Fernando Rd. May Get Railroaded Out of Town

Posted: February 9, 2008 5:09 a.m.
Updated: April 11, 2008 2:02 a.m.
 
The next big component of downtown Newhall's makeover could include a street name that is more than 120 years old.

The name "Railroad Avenue," which belongs to one of Santa Clarita's original streets, may be extended to Magic Mountain Parkway if the Santa Clarita City Council approves the proposal on Tuesday.
A plan to turn downtown Newhall into a pedestrian-friendly, old town village calls for the elimination of the name "San Fernando Road" - a name city officials say is confusing for those new to the area.
San Fernando, they point out, is in the ... well, the San Fernando Valley, not the Santa Clarita Valley.
In Newhall, the name "San Fernando Road" between Fifth Street and Highway 14 has already officially been changed to "Newhall Avenue," and the San Fernando Road street signs between Fifth Street and Lyons Avenue now bear the name Main Street.
The city has considered several possible names for the remaining portion that extends from Lyons Avenue to Magic Mountain Parkway, including changing it to Bouquet Canyon Road.
But a series of community meetings revealed the public's attachment to Newhall's history and residents and business owners asked that the segment of road be renamed Railroad Avenue.
At the request of the Newhall Redevelopment Committee, the city is also suggesting the council consider extending Railroad Avenue to Bouquet Junction, where Bouquet Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road intersect with Valencia Boulevard.
The four-corners intersection would then represent Saugus, Canyon Country, Newhall and Valencia.
The council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Blvd.


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