By: Austin Dave – Cougar News Staff Writer
Locals ranging from boy scouts to photographers assembled at the intersection of Golden Valley Road and Valley Center Drive Thursday evening for an exclusive hard hat tour of the newest and final phase of the cross valley connector, just a few days before it’s official clearance for public use.
In the works for over a decade, the nearly 9 mile roadway seeks full completion this week.
Plans for the final phase were completed in just under 10 months. Construction, however, carried a lengthier amount of time.
Final Phase specifications:
– Spans 1100 feet
– Consists of four bridges, two visible, two not easily visible
– Six lanes of traffic, three northbound, three southbound
– Bridges include new utility lines – sewage and power
– 14 months to build – January 2009 to March 27, 2010
The final section of roadway completing the Cross Valley Connector system, spans the width of the Santa Clara River, one of Santa Clarita’s few protected open spaces, a specification that drew fire from local environmentalists.
– Biologist on site during any construction
– If birds or other wildlife inhabits construction zoning, site must shut down
– Construction materials, workers, etc. must stay within fenced area
The bridges connect Golden Valley Road and Newhall Ranch Road in Canyon Country and plans to allieveate traffic along Soledad and connect State Route 14 and Interstate 5.
The City of Santa Clarita will hold a grand opening ceremony, March 27, at 11 am.