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Santa Clarita wins 'project of the year' award

Magic Mountain/Interstate 5 Expansion Project lauded

Posted: December 14, 2009 12:49 p.m.
Updated: December 14, 2009 2:44 p.m.
 
The city of Santa Clarita was recognized at a special luncheon hosted last week by the Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association for its Magic Mountain/Interstate 5 Expansion Project, naming it the ‘project of the year.'

City Manager Ken Pulskamp, Public Works Director Robert Newman, project manager James Tong and assistant engineers Terry Brice and John Spalione received the prestigious award which was presented at a luncheon event in Lakewood.

The Magic Mountain/Interstate 5 expansion project was a complex construction project involving the relocation of the Chevron gas station on the corner of the Old Road and Magic Mountain Parkway, relocation of several utilities, expansion of on and off ramps for the Interstate 5 freeway at Magic Mountain, plus expansion of lanes, hard and landscaping.

The project was completely funded by Newhall Land, the County of Los Angeles, METRO, with support from CalTrans, at a cost of $48 million, and was completed over a three-and-a-half year period.

The Magic Mountain/ I-5 Expansion Project updates and improves Santa Clarita's transportation system by dramatically improving mobility, enhancing safety, alleviating congestion, and increasing the capacity of the interchange and local roadways.

"I am very proud of our city staff that made this very complicated project a reality, solving serious congestion issues at this busy area of our community," said Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste. "This is the type of professionalism and expertise our city staff is widely known for and on behalf of the City Council, I congratulate them on this monumental effort."

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