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One step closer to bridging Santa Clarita

Posted: December 9, 2008 10:32 p.m.
Updated: December 10, 2008 4:59 a.m.
 
The city is one step closer to relieving traffic in Santa Clarita as the Santa Clarita City Council Tuesday unanimously approved a contract topping $21 million for the construction of the cross-valley connector's final bridge.

The council awarded the construction contract worth $21,223,403 to Rancho Cordova-based C.C. Meyers Inc. and granted additional support contracts totaling $2,165,000 to multiple agencies for supplemental work on the bridge.

"We'll really enjoy this $240 million asset in our community," said Mayor Frank Ferry after being sworn in as Santa Clarita's new mayor during the City Council's final meeting of 2008.

Construction bids came in $2 million less than anticipated, Ferry said.

City officials anticipate construction on the quarter-mile-long bridge, which runs over the Santa Clara River and connects Newhall Ranch Road in Saugus with Golden Valley Road in Canyon Country, will last for 14 months. The city is planning a groundbreaking ceremony for Jan. 26.

By early 2010, drivers should be able to use the eight-and-a-half-mile cross-valley connector that runs from Canyon Country to Valencia.

Construction on various segments of the throughway began in 1999. The connector is the Santa Clarita Valley's first major east-west alternate roadway and is designed to reduce traffic congestion on busy city streets like Soledad Canyon Road.

In other business Tuesday, the council approved several items. The following is a roundup of issues and votes:

n Approve an exclusive right to negotiate an agreement with AF Main Street LLC to redevelop a full block in downtown Newhall for a potential mixed use retail/residential project: APPROVED 4-0. Councilwoman Laurene Weste recused herself from the vote.

n Renew the contract worth no more than $3,200,000 for a five-year period with Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. to provide the red light photo enforcement equipment for the Citywide Red Light Photo Enforcement Program: APPROVED 5-0.

n Approve the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Santa Clarita Valley Station's request to continue funding the Career Offenders Burglary Robbery Apprehension (COBRA) Team using the fiscal year 2008-09 Citizens' Option for Public Safety Funds: APPROVED 5-0.

n Adopt a resolution authorizing submittal of an application for grant funds from the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District Specified Grant Project: APPROVED 5-0.
Conduct a second reading on an ordinance approving the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital 15-year master plan: APPROVED 3-2 with Councilwoman Marsha McLean and Councilman Bob Kellar dissenting.

n Direct the city manager to continue efforts with community stakeholders to create a Joint Powers Authority or nonprofit organization to partner in the administration and direct financial support of Channel 20; appropriate funds worth $180,000 from the Public, Education and Government (PEG) Capital Grant Fund Balance and appropriate $25,000 to continue the operation of Channel 20. Enter into a professional services agreement for no more than $25,000 with SCVTV to operate Channel 20; reject all proposals as nonresponsive to the published requests: APPROVED 5-0.

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 13 at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd.

No council meetings are scheduled for the remainder of 2008 due to the holidays.

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