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Frank Ferry: Lyons Avenue/I-5 to receive makeover

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Posted: November 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

On Monday, the city of Santa Clarita will celebrate the ground-breaking for the Lyons Avenue / Interstate 5 Interchange Beautification Project at 10 a.m.

As part of this project, the city will oversee the installation of approximately 3 acres of landscape enhancements along the off- and on-ramps at Lyons Avenue and I-5.

This landscape beautification project will be completed by spring 2012.

The Lyons Avenue / Interstate 5 corridor is one of the busiest gateways into both the city of Santa Clarita and unincorporated portions of Los Angeles County.  

As these planned improvements benefit the Santa Clarita Valley, the city is excited to jointly break ground on this project with our community partners from Los Angeles County and the West Ranch Town Council.

The project will include landscape and irrigation, decorative fencing and hardscape improvements.

The beautification work will improve about 3 acres of landscaping using planting and landscaping materials consistent with the oak tree savanna community members experience traveling through the Newhall Pass area.

Using a variety of grasses, oak trees and shrubs, the landscape will distinguish this key entry point into the city of Santa Clarita. The core of the planting will remain green year long, while other aspects of the landscaping will change with the seasons.

This project exemplifies the city’s commitment to maintaining the high quality of life enjoyed by Santa Clarita residents.This landscape design is certified and compliant with Assembly Bill 1881, the state law regarding water efficiency.

Investing in high-quality landscape projects within the public right-of-way helps maintain higher property values and supports water conservation.

The city is committed to taking aggressive steps to be a leader in the industry by implementing new irrigation technology to reduce the community’s water consumption, while keeping areas beautifully landscaped.

Since 2009, the city’s award-winning Landscape Maintenance District efforts have reduced its annual water usage by nearly 200 million gallons.

The city, the county and the West Ranch Town Council all strongly agree the Lyons/I-5 corridor represents a significant gateway into our communities. 

All of us have been jointly engaged in discussions for how to initiate landscape improvements in a manner that projects the beautiful, appealing and safe nature of the Santa Clarita Valley. 

This breaking ground culminates our initial efforts as these landscape improvements will significantly distinguish this key entry point into our valley, while concurrently placing a strong emphasis on water-conservation practices. 

By investing in quality landscape projects within our public right-of-ways, both the city of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County are taking action to improve property values and enhance our efforts to attract new businesses to our community.

On behalf of the entire Santa Clarita City Council, the county of Los Angeles and the West Ranch Town Council, I invite you to join us at this ground-breaking event on Monday at 10 a.m.

Frank Ferry is a Santa Clarita City Councilman and can be reached at: fferry@santa-clarita.com.

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