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City credits cross-valley connector with reduced traffic

Posted: August 12, 2010 4:05 p.m.
Updated: August 12, 2010 8:37 p.m.
 

The cross-valley connector continues to reduce traffic and traffic accidents at the intersections of Bouquet Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon, the city of Santa Clarita reported today.

"The cross-valley connector has opened up a new way to travel for residents across the Valley and has expedited commute times as well as reduced volume at and near the Bouquet Junction," Mayor Laurene Weste said. "Seeing a reduction in traffic accidents as well is definitely a bonus."

The city uses its "Intelligent Transportation System" to track traffic flow at major intersections where the connector was installed.

The ITS's fixed detectors embedded in the pavement allow the city's traffic engineers to track traffic counts in real time.

Traffic engineers performed counts at the same point on Soledad Canyon Road at regular intervals since the last segment of the roadway opened in March, which connected Newhall Ranch Road with Golden Valley Road.

After four months, the traffic engineers reported a 40 percent reduction in vehicles at these intersections.

Before the cross-valley connector segment opened, Soledad Canyon, east of Bouquet, saw about 65,850 cars daily. The traffic count was reduced to 42,800, during the first part of July, a city spokesperson said.

On Bouquet Canyon Road, south of Newhall Ranch Road, traffic counts totaled 62,800 prior to the road opening. During the first part of July, that traffic count was reduced to 46,150 daily according to the city spokesperson.

Preliminary traffic accident information at the two intersections shows about a 20 percent overall reduction since the installiation of the connector. More data on accident rates will be available in a few months.

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