[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | City Creates Dynamic Traffic Lane on Soledad Canyon to Improve Traffic Flow | 04-04-2017
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Cloudy
Cloudy
67°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
August 23
1963 - First stretch of Antelope Valley 14 Freeway opens from east of Solemint Junction in Canyon Country to Red Rover Mine Road in Acton. [story]


To better accommodate traffic patterns and increase traffic flow at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Sierra Highway, the eastbound curb lane on Soledad Canyon Road approaching Sierra Highway is being modified to a dynamic lane. The dynamic lane becomes an exclusive right-turn only or a shared through/right-turn lane depending on time of day and traffic patterns.

City engineers are adopting this new approach to increase the number of vehicles passing along eastbound Soledad Canyon Road during peak traffic hours. The dynamic lane is the first of its kind in Santa Clarita and will be implemented this month.

Drivers will be alerted about the lane restriction through a series of electronic signs that will be installed along the eastbound approach to Soledad Canyon Road between Vilna Avenue and Sierra Highway.

The lane becomes a through/right-turn lane during weekday evenings and a right-turn only lane all other times. City engineers have set the lane assignment based on real-time usage statistics with the goal of assisting traffic flow during peak hours. Restriction hours are subject to change.

“Our data has shown that during certain hours of the day, we have a significantly higher number of drivers going straight, than those making a right turn at the Soledad and Sierra Highway intersection. So we see a benefit in making the curb lane a shared through/right-turn lane during those times—it increases traffic flow,” says Traffic Signal System Administrator, Cesar Romo. “Traffic flow changes throughout the day. The dynamic lane is an example of how we can use data and technology to be responsive to changing patterns and improve traffic conditions on our streets,” he adds.

This project is one of many traffic improvements made by the city’s engineering team to improve traffic flow at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road at Sierra Highway, one of the busiest intersections in the city.

Previously completed projects to improve traffic conditions at Soledad Canyon Road and Sierra Highway include: northbound triple left-turn lanes; an additional left-turn lane was added for northbound motorists who travel westbound on Soledad Canyon Road, allowing more vehicles to turn left on a green signal.

Southbound Median and Striping Modification Striping along the southbound direction of Soledad Canyon Road at Sierra Highway was modified to accommodate an additional left-turn lane and through lane, reducing traffic delay during peak hours. In addition, a rubber median has been temporarily constructed until a new raised median is installed as part of the Canyon Country Community Center project.

For more information about these traffic improvements or the new dynamic lane, please contact Traffic Signal System Administrator, Cesar Romo at cromo@santa-clarita.com.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

13 Comments

  1. People are still making a left turn in the vallarta center on soledad. Need a big no left turn sign. There’s one small one across but its bent and can’t see it.

  2. Olga Neri Olga Neri says:

    Finally… if people just respect the signs ughh

  3. jim says:

    OH great. Solve one problem and create another. The number of people who are going to turn right into the 7-11 parking lot about 60-70ft east of the intersection has always been fairly high. They’ve been able to move into that lane from the #2 lane and not stop traffic. Now when L3 is a “Thru” lane, those folks will back that lane up into the intersection. And then those impatient morons behind them will try to change lanes into the #2 lane.

    Keep the tow trucks and ambulances ready.

    While they are at it, why don’t they go ahead and widen Soledad to three lanes all the way to Sand Canyon? Drivers blowing down the #3 lane to pass the folks going only 50mph (in the 40mph area) have to dive in between cars on the #2 lane to avoid the #3 lane cutoff at River Cir. I keep waiting for some guy in an old pickup to speed up so the next idiot cannot get past him on the right as the lane ends.

    As for the left turns to get to Vallarta as mentioned above: signs won’t do a thing. Raised medians are the only solution to that problem. And then of course, people will make U-turns at Sierra Hwy to get there.

  4. Tessa Lucero says:

    That’s going to cause annoyance as people intending to continue eastbound in the right lane have to wait for right turners who are waiting for pedestrians to finish crossing. The current configuration does mean that the center and left lanes are backed up further than the right lane when the light’s red, but everyone in the right lane is waiting to turn right and not holding up a motorist who wants to continue through the intersection.

  5. Evening time on a weekend! That traffic is horrible Monday – Friday!!!

  6. Ralph Green Ralph Green says:

    This will accomplish nothing. SCV is too big for it’s design. Theirs a reason large city’s are grid layouts

  7. Linda says:

    I completely agree with Jim above. Making that a through lane will only cause accidents (more than backups I think)of people turning into the 7-11 parking lot. I don’t think the city is making a wise choice here. As for widening the 14, good idea but commuters still use Sierra Hwy as a second highway………… slow the hell down people. Life if too short.

  8. V says:

    This will not improve anything will just make it worse, traffic is beyond horrible because they are building more and more houses and Santa Clarita is already overpopulated as it is.

  9. Mama Bear says:

    Guess I’m one of the guilty ones making the left turn into the Vallarta shopping center. How else can you get in there?

  10. jim says:

    MB – I may have made one of those lefties as well. You can turn left at the previous signal (Shangri-La?)and make a quick right into the back side of Vallarta right* again and follow the parking around to the front of “the Center” to get into Vallarta. But you’ll have to watch out for the Lefties from Soledad because they tend to jump on the gas in order to get through the gaps in the westbound traffic.

    *If you go the other way ’round, you may find that trucks are unloading and making it hard to get through.

  11. JosephO says:

    This is the best tool to get more visitors. traffic on a web site drive traffic tool

Leave a Comment


Related Content
LATEST CITY HEADLINES
Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017
Mayor Cameron Smyth, Mayor Pro Tem Laurene Weste and Councilmembers Bill Miranda, Marsha McLean and Bob Kellar cordially invite you to party like it’s 1987 at the 2017 State of the City Luncheon to be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.
Monday, Aug 21, 2017
Organizers of the city of Santa Clarita's quarterly photo contest are now accepting entries for the fall 2017 competition.
Friday, Aug 18, 2017
Two Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station employees will be recognized at the City Council meeting to be held on August 22 at 6 p.m.
Friday, Aug 18, 2017
Thursday, Aug 17, 2017
While Charlottesville violence and protests continue divisive dialogue nationally, Santa Clarita residents gathered to create a place “to be able to come together.”
Keep Up With Our Facebook
-->
Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1963 - First stretch of Antelope Valley 14 Freeway opens from east of Solemint Junction in Canyon Country to Red Rover Mine Road in Acton. [story]
With funding from Measure H, Los Angeles County and its cities are teaming up to quickly place thousands of homeless people into permanent housing that comes with the supportive services, rental subsidies and other assistance needed to thrive.
Permanent, Supportive Housing for Homeless Thanks to Measure H
A Domestic Violence Center, Senior Center and homeless shelter partnership is looking for solutions to the countywide homelessness crisis in Santa Clarita.
Three Local Non-Profits Look to Tackle Housing Crisis
The Gibbons Conservation Center is holding a Back to School special. Buy your 2018 membership today and get the rest of 2017 free.
Gibbons Conservation Center Holding Back-to-School Special
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, CHP is investigating a fatal collision that happened early Tuesday morning near Castaic. Plus, photographers can get ready to submit their Santa Clarita-centric photos for the Fall 2017 Photo Contest. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Tuesday, August 22, 2017
WiSH Foundation Executive Director Amy Daniels is about climb for education.
WiSH Foundation’s E.D. to Climb Kilimanjaro for Public Education
Registration for the Fall session is now open.
Lil’ Kickers Fall Registration Underway
The CSUN Art Galleries are pleased to present part two of an exhibition featuring artwork made by full and part-time faculty in the Department of Art. More than thirty artists showcase current bodies of work, using a variety of materials and processes.
CSUN Faculty Artwork on Display in “Full and Part (Two)” Exhibit
Here are the upcoming times and dates for the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leaders Series:
Chamber’s Emerging Leaders Series Resumes Wednesday
Mayor Cameron Smyth, Mayor Pro Tem Laurene Weste and Councilmembers Bill Miranda, Marsha McLean and Bob Kellar cordially invite you to party like it’s 1987 at the 2017 State of the City Luncheon to be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.
Oct. 26: State of the City 30th Anniversary Luncheon
Join The Painted Turtle on October 14, 2017 for the 8th annual bike ride and 2nd annual walk/run/roll to benefit the non-profit.
Oct. 14: Tour de Turtle, Turtle Trek Bike Ride
Here is a round-up of Santa Clarita arts-related events for Aug. 25-26th.
Aug. 25-26: Santa Clarita Arts Calendar
The 2017 CIF Southern Section Football Pre-Season Rankings have been released and a local team finds itself at the top of its division.
CIF Pre-Season Rankings List Saugus Football No. 1 in Division
The Castaic-area crash that killed a motorcyclist on Highway 126 Tuesday morning is still being investigated by CHP officers.
Officers Investigating Fatality on Highway 126
The County and City of Los Angeles are asking that residents complete the Purposeful Aging Los Angeles (PALA) Age-Friendly Survey between now and September 15, 2017.
Officials Urge Residents to Complete Survey on Aging
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda L. Solis which seeks to organize and enhance efforts by county departments and community partners to help foster youth transition to successful adulthood.
County Expands its Efforts in Foster Youth Programs
A bank robbery at the Wescom Credit Union in Stevenson Ranch is under investigation by deputies, officials reported Monday afternoon.
Deputies Investigating Stevenson Ranch Bank Robbery
The contenders for the Best FIFA Women's Player 2017 have been revealed and voting is now underway.
Blue Heat’s Castellanos Makes FIFA’s Shortlist for Best Women’s Player 2017
1891 - Future First Lady Lou Henry (Hoover), 17, poses for photo at R.E. Nickel's Acton store [story]
Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to a possible burglary call at a warehouse in the 29000 block of Avenue Sherman in Valencia Monday morning.
SCV Deputies Investigate Reported Valencia Warehouse Burglary
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, a once-in-a-century solar experience took place Monday. Plus, on Saturday, dozens of people gathered in Newhall to celebrate the legacy of the old Saugus Speedway, its racers and its crew. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Monday, August 21, 2017
The 28th Annual Fine Art Show & Gala presented by the Santa Clarita Artists Association and the county of Los Angeles takes over Hart Hall on Saturday afternoon, October 14.
October 14: SCAA, County’s 28th Annual Art Classic at Hart Park
Organizers of the city of Santa Clarita's quarterly photo contest are now accepting entries for the fall 2017 competition.
City Opens Entries for Fall 2017 Photo Contest
The Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club invites everyone who shares a special connection with the club to the Alumni BBQ on Saturday afternoon, September 9.
September 9: Boys & Girls Club Alumni & Friends BBQ
Comedian and magician Fritz Coleman brings his stand-up show to Santa Clarita with an intimate, one-time performance at the Keyboard Galleria Music Center on Saturday, August 26.
August 26: Comic Fritz Coleman Stands Up at Keyboard Galleria
Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station issued 38 traffic citations Friday and arrested a Newhall man on a parole violation warrant on Saturday.
Deputies Cite Speeders, Arrest Parolee
Lancaster JetHawks right-handed pitcher Jesus Tinoco has been named the California League Pitcher of the Week for August 14-20, 2017.
JetHawks’ Tinoco Named Cal League Pitcher of the Week
The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash considerations from the New York Mets in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Dodgers Aqcuire Outfielder Curtis Granderson from Mets
The TMU Mustangs' women's volleyball home opener proved to be exactly what the doctor ordered as the hosts dispatched Lewis & Clark State College (ID) in straight sets 25-19, 25-22, 25-17.
Lady Mustangs Dispatch Lewis & Clark in Straight Sets
The Master's University's men's soccer team inaugurated their 2017 season with a 5-0 win over Northwest of Washington on Reese Field Saturday afternoon.
TMU Men’s Soccer Blanks Northwest in Season Opener
The Master’s University women’s soccer team’s 2017 record improved to 2-0 after beating the No. 8 ranked Northwest University Eagles 3-1 on Saturday morning at Reese Field.
TMU Women’s Soccer Team Grounds Eagles 3-1 Saturday
CalArtians Mathieu Libman (Film/Video BFA 19) and Aram Sarkisian (Film/Video BFA 17) are among the seven finalists for Student Academy Awards in the Animation category.
Two CalArtians Named 2017 Student Academy Awards Finalists
Western singer and songwriter John Zipperer headlines the next episode of "SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series" at The MAIN in Old Town Newhall the evening of Friday, August 25.
August 25: John Zipperer Headlines ‘SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series’
The Lancaster JetHawks clinched a franchise-record sixth consecutive winning season with their 71st victory, a 7-2 win over the Inland Empire 66ers, on Sunday afternoon at San Manuel Stadium.
JetHawks Sweep Sixers Sunday, Secure Winning Season
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and the city of Santa Clarita launch the “Heads Up” campaign this week to combat distracted driving and increase pedestrian safety.
City, Sheriff’s Station Launch ‘Heads Up’ Safety Campaign
An 18-year-old man from Lancaster surrendered to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Special Victims Unit Monday morning in connection with an alleged sexual assault earlier this month on College of the Canyons' Valencia campus.
Suspect Arrested in Alleged COC Sexual Assault