Connector project is moving forward

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – When the new Golden Valley Bridge opened last month to cheers, motorists soon began asking when the next stretch of a highway spanning Santa Clarita would open. Their eyes are on the nearly two miles of Newhall Ranch Road from Rye Canyon Road to state Route 126 that will complete the western leg of the city’s $245 million Cross Valley Connector. “We started hearing right away from people wanting to know when Newhall Ranch would open,” Santa Clarita public works director Robert Newman said Friday. The city is hoping to put the project out to bid by March and choose a contractor a month later, Newman said. Work on the eight-lane segment will take about 1 years, meaning the $32 million leg of the connector would open by the end of 2007. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “It’s a very key stretch, part of the overall connection to the I-5,” Newman said. “Certainly a lot of residents up on the northwest corner of city, who have to come down to Valencia Boulevard to get to the I-5, are looking forward to it opening.” Groundbreaking, he said, has been slowed because federal money is being used, which requires additional environmental studies by the state Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state Regional Water Quality Board. The Connector will link Interstate 5 to the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway. The route is composed of Newhall Ranch Road and Golden Valley Road and is being funded by developers and city, regional and federal money. It is seen as a solution to gridlock on Soledad Canyon Road, Valencia Boulevard and Magic Mountain Parkway. So far, the city has completed construction of Golden Valley Road from Route 14 to Soledad Canyon Road, including the new bridge across Soledad. Newhall Ranch is in place from Rye Canyon Road east to Bouquet Canyon Road, and as being extended east by the Newhall Land and Farming Company in conjunction with its planned River Park development, Newman said. Once Newhall Ranch is completed, the remaining link will be the center of the Connector, a Golden Valley Road bridge over the Santa Clara River to link to Newhall Ranch. Environmental studies are under way for that portion, with the beginning of construction anticipated in 2007, and completion by 2009. Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img