OPERATION: MCBEAN RAMP CLOSURES BOOST LANE STRESS.Byline: Heather MacDonald Staff Writer
VALENCIA - Southbound south·bound
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Adj. 1. freeway on- and off-ramps at Valencia Boulevard closed over the weekend for six weeks, adding to the need to restripe McBean Parkway to six lanes, a city official said.
``There will be an impact,'' said Anthony Nisich, Santa Clarita's director of traffic and engineering services. ``It will cause more congestion The condition of a network when there is not enough bandwidth to support the current traffic load.
congestion - When the offered load of a data communication path exceeds the capacity. .''
The Santa Clarita Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the plan to make the eucalyptus-lined parkway six lanes and remove nine trees.
It has raised the ire of many residents who said the newly striped lanes would increase traffic, place their children in danger and ruin the charm of McBean Parkway, the main entrance to the city.
Many motorists are expected to use McBean Parkway as an alternate route An official alternate route is a bannered highway that provides an alternate alignment for a highway. Originally, the term for these routes was "optional"; but in 1959, the designation became alternate. while construction crews work on the Valencia Boulevard ramps through Aug. 4, Nisich said.
About 40,000 cars travel McBean Parkway from Valencia Boulevard to the Golden State Freeway The Golden State Freeway is a north-south freeway running through Kern County and Los Angeles County, California. Originally built as U.S. Highway 99, it was re-signed as Interstate 5 in 1964. every day - a 10 percent increase during the last six months.
The plan also includes two new traffic signals, five new left-turn lights, and four school and city bus turnouts A bus turnout, bus pullout, bus bay, bus lay-by (UK), or off-line bus stop is a special zone on the side of the main roadway (or bus/tram lane) for primarily buses to stop for a designated bus stop in order to pick up and drop off passengers. . Thirteen trees, along with additional landscaping, will be planted to replace the trees that will be lost, said Rabie Rahmani, the city's senior traffic engineer.
The City Council voted down a similar plan in September after residents bombarded them with complaints. Many residents still oppose the plan, Rahmani said.
The ramp construction is part of an expansion of the Valencia Boulevard overpass, widening it from two to six lanes to accommodate development planned west of the freeway. The Newhall Land and Farming Company The Newhall Land and Farming Company is a land management company based in Valencia, California, United States. The company is responsible for the master community planning of Valencia, as well as the management of farm land elsewhere in the state. , is funding the project, along with several other improvements along the freeway through Santa Clarita.
Work to widen Valencia Boulevard where it crosses over the Golden State Freeway will divert motorists.
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