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Work continuing on McBean Bridge widening project

Posted: August 20, 2014 5:46 p.m.
Updated: August 20, 2014 5:46 p.m.

A forklift moves material under the McBean Parkway Bridge as construction continues to widen a section of the bridge and upgrade the entire structure. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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Progress continues on the project to widen the McBean Parkway Bridge in Santa Clarita near the Valencia Post Office, officials said Wednesday.

Hoon Hahn, a senior engineer with the city of Santa Clarita, said the next phase of work entails constructing a landscaped median and doing overlay work on McBean Parkway.

While the timeline for completing the project is being finalized, Hahn estimated this phase of work could take around eight weeks to complete.

The overall project entailed expansion of the McBean Parkway Bridge that runs between Avenue Scott and Creekside Road in Valencia, by adding one southbound lane.

“The road’s been widened out, so the majority of the infrastructure work associated with the McBean Bridge has been completed,” he said.

Before work began, the road in the area was seven lanes, with three going southbound and four going northbound.

Another portion of the project involves building links between existing sections of nearby trails, according to Hahn.
“Our city takes a lot of pride in our trail system, and this will make a lot of connections in that area,” he said.
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stanw1950: Posted: August 20, 2014 9:12 p.m.

A LANDSCAPED median?? On a BRIDGE during a serious DROUGHT?? They cannot be serious.

lars1: Posted: August 20, 2014 9:46 p.m.

The landscape companies bought off our city council to get the water required landscaping, when before there was none required.

I am glad that the city is continuing with its "we need more water"
approach while telling the residents to conserve.

What hypocrites.

bobforte: Posted: August 20, 2014 10:32 p.m.

Unfortunately, we will never get our left turn lane back that went into the post office. Now you to go to the light, wait for the arrow, even though no cars are coming, and then make a u-turn to go back to the post office.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: August 20, 2014 10:36 p.m.

This project has progressed like molasses. When are they finally going to quit milking this job? By the way, what's with the faux antique street lamps?

chefgirl358: Posted: August 20, 2014 11:48 p.m.

LANDSCAPED MEDIAN??!!!! Are these freaking morons kidding? Are we on punked? Seriously?

bobforte: Posted: August 21, 2014 12:33 a.m.

Egbert: YES!!! They are ugly and completely out of place on that bridge. They used the same ones on the bridge on Newhall Ranch going over the pipe. UGLY UGLY UGLY

chefgirl358: Posted: August 21, 2014 10:22 a.m.

Egbert and bobforte,

they are totally trying (unsuccessfully I might add) to copy the places that have actual pretty old lights like Pasadena (over the arroyo bridge) and San Diego gas lamp district. They always try to make SCV something it isn't.

michaelmyers1: Posted: August 21, 2014 10:45 a.m.

I'm with Stan on this. I can't fathom a reason for a landscaped median on a bridge; drought or not.

The lamps do look nice. Just not in this application. They look completely out of place.

Here's a thought. If they want to spend money on a bridge, why don't they do something with the Golden Valley Overpass. That's just a mess

NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: August 21, 2014 12:57 p.m.

The Golden Valley overpass is a JOKE. As per usual, they failed to estimate the amount of traffic that would pass through the area. What, with new shopping centers, housing and a new high school, why would there be more traffic? You silly, uneducated people.

chefgirl358: Posted: August 21, 2014 1:49 p.m.

Yep, Golden Valley overpass is a nightmare. I actually avoid shopping over there because it's such a pain in the a** to get to anything.

bbcalvin: Posted: August 21, 2014 4:52 p.m.

They're widening the Golden Valley overpass. City got a grant a few years ago. From what I heard, Caltrans is holding up the project since the roadway is in their jurisdiction since it goes over the freeway. I heard construction is supposed to start next year.

Baddog1: Posted: August 21, 2014 5:03 p.m.

And finish somewheres around...say...2024.

chefgirl358: Posted: August 21, 2014 5:26 p.m.

How come they never build anything right the first time? How many times have they widened the area on MM Pkwy under the freeway overpass? How many times over the years have they widened the bridge near Creekside? They KNOW what the population IS and what it's PROJECTED to be, and yet they never make stuff big enough the first time around. It's just bizarre. Who plans, and then who approves all of these screwed up projects continuously and then what's worse is, they do the same thing everywhere else too. Every city, county, freeway, etc., constantly has exactly the same ongoing issues.

Then, WE all have to live with infinite road construction projects holding us up in traffic, detours, delays, messes, etc. It's ridiculous. I truly just don't get it. I can't imagine why they don't just build everything out to the max to start with. Here's a thought construction folks...Do something crazy, make a new freeway 6 lanes on both sides instead of the usual - 3 lanes to start with and then adding additional lanes in continuous projects for the next 15 years. (DON'T put ANY Toll Lanes EVER!)

lars1: Posted: August 21, 2014 7:15 p.m.

chefgirl358, your argument does not apply to the 5 freeway in santa clarita.

Today, 2014. 4 lanes northbound and 4 lanes southbound.

20 years ago, in 1994, 4 lanes northbound and 4 lanes southbound

54 years ago, in 1960, 4 lanes northbound and 4 lanes southbound

LStaedtler: Posted: August 21, 2014 7:21 p.m.

Since I lived here in the 70s, Magic Mtn Pkwy at the freeway was widened only one time about 6 years ago.

chefgirl358: Posted: August 21, 2014 7:36 p.m.

Well then I guess it hasn't been widened but once, but they spent years working on it, tearing it up and working on it again...for years. They redid the bridge itself, then they got rid of the side street that used to go UP THE OFFRAMP to the hotels...remember that? They messed around with that area off and on for YEARS.

Nitsho: Posted: August 22, 2014 11:13 a.m.

removed. Posted on the wrong one. --edited.

Nitsho: Posted: August 22, 2014 11:15 a.m.


LStaedtler: Posted: August 24, 2014 5:58 p.m.

It was a big project. They rebuilt both freeway bridges over Magic Mountain Pkwy, widened Magic Mtn Parkway, and rebuilt the on and off ramps as well as realigning and widening The Old Road and Magic Mtn Pkwy intersection. So yeah, it took a few years.

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