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Road closures for Amgen

Traffic to be affected Tuesday, Wednesday by race

Posted: May 12, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 12, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

 

When the Amgen Tour of California bicycle race rolls into town May 14 and 15, it will bring with it a series of city-run events and road closures.

Several major roads will be partially or completely closed as the race winds its way through the Santa Clarita Valley, including Valencia Boulevard, McBean Parkway, Newhall Ranch Road, Bouquet Canyon Road and Copper Hill Drive.

City officials have told The Signal they hope to avoid complete closures on some roads by containing bike riders to one side of traffic medians, allowing traffic to continue moving on the other side.

The city will be both the ending point of the bicycle race’s third stage and the starting point of its fourth stage.

The race’s third stage is scheduled to leave Palmdale around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday During this stage, riders will pass through Santa Clarita twice.

Riders will first enter the city along San Francisquito Canyon Road at around 1 p.m., according to city officials.

To accommodate the race, San Francisquito will be closed from Copper Hill Drive to Elizabeth Lake Road. Riders are expected to complete this section by 1:30 p.m.

The race will then run along Copper Hill to The Old Road.

After leaving The Old Road, riders will travel along Lake Hughes Road and Elizabeth Lake Road to Bouquet Canyon Road.

Bouquet Canyon Road is expected to be closed to all traffic between Elizabeth Lake Road and Vasquez Canyon Road for possibly more than an hour between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., according to the city.

Riders are expected to re-enter the city around 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Bouquet Canyon Road and David Way. Riders will then travel down Bouquet Canyon to Valencia Boulevard, then onto Magic Mountain Parkway before the stage finish near Auto Center Drive.

During this portion of the race, southbound traffic on Bouquet Canyon Road will be closed for about 40 minutes. Westbound traffic on Valencia Boulevard will also be halted for 25 to 45 minutes, according to the city.

Westbound lanes in that same stretch are also expected to be closed for more than an hour between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Eastbound lanes on Magic Mountain Parkway between Citrus Street and Auto Center Drive will be closed for most of the day May 14, starting at about 8:30 a.m.

The next day, May 15, the tour’s fourth stage will take off from Westfield Valencia Town Center around 12:35 p.m. with riders going down McBean Parkway to Newhall Ranch Road.

Riders will then exit the city on Highway 126.

On that day, northbound lanes on McBean could be closed from 12:20 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. between Town Center Drive and Newhall Ranch Road, according to the city. Westbound lanes on Newhall Ranch Road will also be closed between McBean and Highway 126 for around 20 to 25 minutes.

The times of all road closures are subject to change depending on the speed of the race, according to city officials.

Emergency vehicles will have access to all areas of the city during the race.

The city is also planning on holding several events to mark the tour’s visit to the city. A tour-viewing party will be held May 13 at Salt Creek Grille in Valencia from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The city will also hold a bike to work day on May 16 as a competition among businesses to see which can get the most employees to bike to work. Businesses can call 661-286-4098 to register for the competition. That week’s Senses on Main event, beginning at 7 p.m. May 16, will also have a “Rock the Bike” theme. That event will be held on Main Street in Town Newhall.

For more information on any of these events, visit www.santaclaritatourofca.com/events.

Lmoney@signalscv.com

6661-287-5525

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