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Agua Dulce man seeks changes to ‘dangerous’ stretch of road

Posted: July 23, 2011 7:30 a.m.
Updated: July 23, 2011 7:30 a.m.
 

An Agua Dulce man has started a petition to improve the safety of a 10-mile stretch of Sierra Highway that’s seen 210 accidents since 1997, he says.

On Friday morning, Bob Skerstonas left a copy of his petition “to correct one of the most dangerous 10 miles of road in Southern California” with deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

It reads in part: “We are petitioning Supervisor Mike Antonovich to make all necessary road corrections to this section of Sierra Highway between Vasquez Canyon Road to Caprock Road as soon as possible.”

The petition specifically calls for widening Vasquez Canyon Road and installing traffic lights.

“The real issue is it’s a county road and nobody wants to take responsibility,” Skerstonas said Friday. “We’re losing too many people.”

In the last 14 years, at least 18 fatal accidents have occurred on the 10-mile stretch of Sierra Highway, according to statistics supplied to him, Skerstonas says, by a local officer of the California Highway Patrol.

At least two of those crashes claimed multiple lives, Skerstonas said.

“What worries me the most is that we now have that baseball park, and there’s all these parents spilling out of there with no control there,” he said, referring to Canyon Country Little League complex on Sierra Highway above Vasquez Canyon Road.

Skerstonas, president and CEO of Technology Enterprises Inc. in Valencia, calculated from the CHP statistics that 89 percent of the highway’s fatalities occurred during morning and afternoon rush hours.

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