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Frank Ferry: City to host groundbreaking event

Posted: January 22, 2009 6:54 p.m.
Updated: January 23, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Frank Ferry

 
The Santa Clarita City Council cordially invites the community to attend a special groundbreaking event Monday at 3 p.m. for the last phase of the cross-valley connector, which will extend Golden Valley Road to Newhall Ranch Road, providing a connection to Bouquet Canyon over the Santa Clara River.

The groundbreaking event will take place at the end of the Golden Valley bridge at Valley Center Drive. The cross-valley connector is an 8.5-mile roadway that will connect Interstate 5 with Highway 14 through the Santa Clarita Valley.

The groundbreaking ceremony for this last phase of the roadway will include representatives from agencies that are helping to fund the road project, including The Newhall Land and Farming Company, Caltrans, METRO, Los Angeles County, Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon's office and Sen. Barbara Boxer's office.

The last phase of the roadway involves the construction of two bridges, north- and southbound. They are each 1,100 feet long and will span the entire Santa Clara River.

The bridges will provide for six lanes of roadway.

The multi-year project has been tremendously challenging and includes the construction of major bridge structures in four locations: the San Francisquito Creek, the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the Santa Clara River, the Metrolink railroad tracks and Soledad Canyon Road.

The 8.5-mile cross-valley connector provides multi-modal access to the area's largest employment centers, comprising more than 1,000 companies and 50,000 jobs.

When completed, the roadway will reduce more than 5,000 hours of delay each day.

In December 2005, the city celebrated the opening of the six-lane Golden Valley bridge and interchange, which included a 380-foot bridge over Soledad Canyon Road.

In April 2007, the "gap closure" opened five months early, providing an all-important link from I-5 and Highway 126 to the city's industrial and commercial centers at Copper Hill and Rye Canyon Road.

One of the reasons I wanted to be on the City Council was to help improve traffic in our valley. By partnering with other agencies and private industry, we can provide real traffic solutions that will dramatically reduce commute times.

After nine years, the completion of this $245-million road project will go a long way toward these goals.

The complexity of the cross-valley connector and other transportation projects in the city of Santa Clarita has required effective partnerships by enthusiastic, willing parties, who realize that partnering is a viable way to take on the challenges of regional transportation issues.

On behalf of the city of Santa Clarita, I want to thank all of our funding and construction partners for their hard work to improve mobility in our region.

The last phase of the roadway and bridge project will be completed in 14 months. For more information regarding the cross-valley connector, or to reserve a space at the Jan. 26, 2009, groundbreaking event, call the city of Santa Clarita at (661) 255-4939.

Additionally, more information about the project is available on the city's Web site at www.santa-clarita.com.

Frank Ferry is mayor of Santa Clarita. "Live from City Hall" is a column provided to The Signal by the city of Santa Clarita. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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