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Water pipeline to be installed under Bouquet Canyon Road

Northbound road delays anticipated, but officials say construction will be conducted at night

Posted: January 20, 2013 2:47 p.m.
Updated: January 20, 2013 2:47 p.m.

Starting Thursday, portions of northbound Bouquet Canyon Road will see traffic delays for three months as a water pipeline is put down under the road.

The Santa Clarita Water Division is building a 3.75 million gallon water storage tank on the upper mesa over Central Park and installing pipeline as part of the project to improve water supplies in Saugus, said an official for the water company.

However, the construction and traffic delays will be scheduled at night to reduce the effect on commuters and those taking students to and from school, officials said.

Road work will be done between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. from Thursday through the end of April.

“There’s some inconvenience whenever you interrupt the traffic flow,” said Mauricio E. Guardado, retail manager for the Santa Clarita Water Division. “The way to mitigate some of that is to do night work.”

The 24-inch pipeline will deliver water to various points in Saugus, said Guardado. The immediate area has a “water deficiency” that could lead to problems during high demand, such as battling a wildfire.

Nearly 7,000 linear feet of the pipe will be installed under Bouquet Canyon Road between Centurion Way and Urbandale Avenue to connect with other water lines in the area, he said.

Construction will be focused primarily within the right lane along the curb and gutter side of the roadway, he said.
Ruben Barrera, division manager for development services with Santa Clarita, said the work will affect the right lane and gutter of the street.

In addition to the electronic message sign alerting drivers to the impending road work, the Santa Clarita Water Division plans to send out letters to customers in the area with more details, Guardado said.

The need for another water tank was identified as part of the water system master planning efforts by the Castaic Lake Water Agency and Santa Clarita Water Division, Castaic Lake Water Agency is the parent agency for the retailer.

“This zone has a storage deficiency,” Guardado said. “The water tank is to ensure we have appropriate operational water storage, fire protection storage and emergency water.”

The water tank will help offset peak demand, but having more water stored helps when emergencies and catastrophic events strike and water needs to be transported to other locations, he said.

Citing several years ago when Santa Clarita was surrounded by fires, Guardado said the available water stored at the time allowed the various fire departments to do their job combating the flames without an interruption of service to local customers.

“If you have additional storage you can supplement areas that are in need of water,” he said.




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