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Traffic improvement plan due out today

Report will outline effects of extending Via Princessa between Rainbow Glen and Golden Valley

Posted: August 16, 2012 10:42 a.m.
Updated: August 16, 2012 10:42 a.m.
 

Traffic flow on the east side of the Santa Clarita Valley would receive a boost under a plan due to be released today to extend Via Princessa from Rainbow Glen Drive to Golden Valley Road in Canyon Country, city officials say.

The connecting span of Via Princessa would be 1.2 miles long and wide enough to accommodate three vehicle lanes in each direction. The width would also include a 14-foot-wide landscaped median, 10-foot-wide sidewalks and parkways on each side and a 12-foot-wide, two-lane bike lane, city documents say.

The draft environmental impact report for the road extension is expected to be released today, reflecting more than 15 years of thought on the road extension.

The hefty report will analyze air quality, biology, cultural resources, geology and soils, climate change, human-made hazards, hydrology, land use, noise, transportation and traffic and visual resources associated with the extension, said Santa Clarita Associate Planner James Chow. Effects of both the project’s construction and operation will be considered in the EIR.

The document itself has been in the works about three years, said Santa Clarita Senior Engineer Harry Corder. It considers input from different homeowners associations and a public scoping meeting held in October 2009.

“We started in ‘09 and we’ve just now finished the draft so we can publish it,” Corder said.

The project will improve traffic flow on the east end of the valley, said Assistant City Engineer Curtis Nay.

“This will provide some connectivity; a connection to Golden Valley Road,” Nay said. “It also brings some multiuse pathways that I think will be popular with the residents.”

After the document is released, residents will have 60 days to comment on the impacts of the project, Corder said. City staff welcome comments on the draft report, since comments will be considered in the final EIR.

No start date was set for the road extension, Nay said, but the final EIR could be certified by the City Council by early 2013.

Residents will be able to view the draft report on the city’s website, www.santa-clarita.com, or can view hard copies at libraries in Valencia, 23743 Valencia Blvd., and Canyon Country, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road. They can also view copies at the Planning Division at Santa Clarita City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd.

kjonas@the-signal.com
661-287-5517

 

 

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