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Cross-valley connector reduces traffic across city, engineers say

Peak hour traffic on Soledad down 30 percent in first week

Posted: April 6, 2010 12:22 p.m.
Updated: April 7, 2010 12:20 p.m.
Open one week, the city of Santa Clarita's cross-valley connector has already reduced traffic by 30 percent during peak hours and by 24 percent overall on Soledad Canyon Road near the Bouquet junction, according to city traffic engineers.

The connector opened to the public on Sunday, March 27, providing the final link connecting Golden Valley Road with Bouquet Canyon Road/Newhall Ranch Road. The connector ultimately provides an eight-and-a-half mile roadway through the city, linking SR 14 with I-5/126 through the city.

City traffic engineers took traffic counts from wireless detection devices on Soledad Canyon Road just east of Bouquet Canyon Road for Tuesday, March 23 (prior to the opening of the roadway/bridge) and again on Tuesday, March 30 (after the opening of the roadway/bridge).

"We knew that this new roadway would relieve traffic in the vicinity of the Bouquet junction but to see this type of reduction so quickly is just amazing," Mayor Laurene Weste said. "Anytime we can reduce traffic on this busy road by one-third, we are absolutely thrilled."

See "Related Content" for the actual traffic counts.

For more information, contact Andrew Yi, city traffic engineer, at (661) 255-4326.

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