WILEY CANYON TO STAY CLOSED; DRIVERS FACE DETOURS LONGER THAN EXPECTED.
Byline: Mary Schubert Daily News Staff Writer
Those detours that drivers have navigated around a closed stretch of Wiley Canyon Road for months will be in effect several more weeks than once estimated while crews finish a road realignment re·a·lign
tr.v. re·a·ligned, re·a·lign·ing, re·a·ligns
1. To put back into proper order or alignment.
2. To make new groupings of or working arrangements between. and a wall to catch landslide landslide, rapid slipping of a mass of earth or rock from a higher elevation to a lower level under the influence of gravity and water lubrication. More specifically, rockslides are the rapid downhill movement of large masses of rock with little or no hydraulic flow, debris.
From Powell Drive south to Fourl Road, the blocked-off section of Wiley Canyon Road is less than a mile long, but it is one of the area's few streets that connect with Lyons Avenue to the north.
``Our best (estimate) right now is that the road will be open in mid-May, and the (entire) project will be completed in July,'' said Brad Therrien, Santa Clarita's assistant city engineer.
Since October, inconvenienced motorists have had to improvise im·pro·vise
v. im·pro·vised, im·pro·vis·ing, im·pro·vis·es
1. To invent, compose, or perform with little or no preparation.
2. a new route via Calgrove Boulevard-Valley Street, The Old Road or a brief jaunt on 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. .
The improvements to Wiley Canyon Road are costing the city $1.5 million, including the construction of curbs, gutters and sidewalks, the installation of street lights and the addition of drainage improvements to prevent flooding after rainstorms.
In the project, Therrien said, some of the road's curves are being straightened and a 26-foot-high concrete retaining wall is being built as protection from dirt, mud and rocks that periodically littered the roadway by a cliff face and created hazardous driving conditions.
The realignment, originally scheduled to be complete in April, was delayed because crews graded too much soil from the hillside, changing the degree of the slope, Therrien said.
``The contractor had taken more material off the hill than the plans called for. We had some problems with having to redesign re·de·sign
tr.v. re·de·signed, re·de·sign·ing, re·de·signs
To make a revision in the appearance or function of.
re the wall,'' Therrien said.
``They laid (the slope) back too much, and then the wall wouldn't work with that configuration any longer. It wasn't designed to support the hill at that angle, . . . so we've redesigned (the retaining wall), and now we're back at work,'' he said.
``The city design engineer and contractor have worked it out.''
The sidewalks and street lights will make Wiley Canyon Road safer for those on foot, Therrien said. ``That street, the way it was before, wasn't pedestrian-friendly.''
City officials hope to encourage more foot traffic and less vehicular traffic on Wiley Canyon Road en route to Towsley Canyon parklands, popular with hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Fortunately, Therrien said, there was flat, open land across the roadway from the hillside to move the street away from the canyon wall.
After the street reopens in May, crews will focus on building the curbs, gutters and sidewalks and installing the street lights, Therrien said.
The city hired Los Angeles-based Gueno Development to fix the road and add all the new amenities.
``This is the same company that did our Railroad Avenue project,'' Therrien noted. That street, between San Fernando Road San Fernando Road is a major street in the city and county of Los Angeles. It starts off in Castaic as The Old Road, passing through Santa Clarita and the Newhall Pass, where upon its intersection with Sierra Highway near the junction of the Golden State (I-5) and the and the Metrolink tracks, opened last July after a $2.3 million overhaul and beautification beau·ti·fy
tr. & intr.v. beau·ti·fied, beau·ti·fy·ing, beau·ti·fies
To make or become beautiful.
beau that took nine months.
The city improved Railroad Avenue as a prelude prelude (prā`ld), musical composition of no universal style, usually for the keyboard. It was originally used to precede a ceremony and later a second, often larger piece. to construction of a new Metrolink station in downtown Newhall, expected to get under way in the fall.
In a separate project, on another stretch of Wiley Canyon Road a few miles north of the portion being improved, the city is building an extension that will link the street with Via Princessa and span the South Fork South Fork may refer to:
PHOTO (1--Color) Just getting to the athletic club provides exercise for a bike rider.
(2) The going is bumpy bump·y
adj. bump·i·er, bump·i·est
1. Covered with or full of bumps: a bumpy country road.
2. Marked by bumps and jolts; rough: a bumpy flight. for a baby and a mom around construction on a portion of Wiley Canyon Road.
Joe Binoya/Special to the Daily News