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Railroad Avenue storm drain projectDeveloper TMC Hollis LLC, with assistance from the city of Santa Clarita, will install a reinforced concrete box storm drain under Railroad Avenue in a five-week project to start Wednesday, July 5.

The storm drain will improve drainage of the surrounding area. The work includes temporary removal of the median on Railroad Avenue north of Oak Ridge Drive. Railroad Avenue will also be restriped from 300 feet south of Oak Ridge Drive to roughly 1,000 feet south of Drayton Street to allow one lane of traffic to remain open in each direction during the construction period.

Construction hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The project is expected to be completed before the commencement of the school year.

Residents are asked to be aware of scheduled lane closures and to expect slight delays. Electronic message boards will be posted to inform motorists of upcoming lane closures. Residents are reminded to please reduce their speed through the construction zone for the safety of the public and the contractor’s employees.

The city of Santa Clarita thanks community members in advance for their understanding and support of this project. All measures will be taken to complete the project in a safe and timely manner. ­­­

For questions or concerns, contact city of Santa Clarita Supervising Public Works Inspector Raul Navarro at (661) 510-0177 or rnavarro@santa-clarita.com, or Randy Wrage, Project Manager from TMC Hollis LLC at (661) 259-5606.

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  1. jim says:

    Well, thank you for warning us, SCVNews. A month’s worth of traffic jams on a major North-South artery is a big deal in this big little town. Of course, the City could have taken a hint from the CalTrans work on the 14 and made the contractor work from 7pm to 5am instead of this traffic-screwing program that only allows one-lane traffic in each direction during the heaviest travel time on that street.

    And what’s wrong with the current “reinforced box storm drain” that exists at this exact location? It’s not like there’s a sudden increase in water draining these canyons. All it does is channel the runoff from Circle J Ranch into the Newhall Creek branch of the Little Santa Clara River.

    Unless of course, you consider that it also drains the hillsides and past evidence of the rocket/explosive Bermite testing labs northeast of Railroad Avenue and Oak Ridge Drive. Check your Google Earth maps folks; those dirt roads to the east are named “JATO Rd” (aka Jet-Assisted-Take-Off Rd), “Bermite Rd”, “Azide Rd”, and “Reject Rd”, among others.

    I’m guessing most folks thought that the Bermite Site was somewhere off of Soledad Cyn Road, not thinking that in this valley, almost every place is near another place. In fact, Golden Valley Rd cuts right through the old Bermite Site, although years of testing and testimonials have assured us it is now safe.

    Except why are there existing treatment plants only on the north side of these hills, such as southeast of Bouquet Canyon Rd and Soledad Cyn Rd? And another treatment plant east of there on “Squib County Rd” (aka Commuter Way) south of Soledad Canyon Rd? You can see the tanks and some of the equipment as you drive east on Soledad. They are somewhat hidden by trees, shrubs, and other obstructions, but it’s pretty clear what they are there for.

    Granted, the State of California Department of
    Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has been in charge of this process for years. Unfortunately, they have been in trouble for a number of recent clean-up projects, including the Oil and Toxic substances Superfund Site at the east end of Canyon Country near the Soledad Canyon exit from the 14 Freeway – near the Nike Missile Site.

    But don’t worry about it. I’m sure that the one thing has nothing to do with the other.

  2. jim says:

    Except for this:

    https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/04/24/is-californias-toxic-waste-regulator-letting-enforcement-slide/

    The local aspects of the Bermite water contamination issue were hashed out in the local SCV newspaper (under previous ownership) years ago. But this article brings a brand new look at the Cal DTSC we all believed to be looking out for our health and safety.

    • SCVNews.com says:

      (Leon) Well…. a big part of the job of the Citizens Advisory Committee back in the day was to hold DTSC’s feet to the fire — first to get them to do the job, then to stay on track. If they were “looking out for our health and safety,” you can credit the political pressure we applied.

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