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news_091211roundabout1Join the Santa Clarita City Council on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m. as they host a ribbon cutting event celebrating the completion of the new, single lane roundabout in Old Town Newhall.

“The City of Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County, and property and business owners have taken great steps to revitalize Old Town Newhall.  The roundabout will not only enhance traffic flow and connectivity, but it will add to the area’s charm between Hart Park, the Old Town Newhall Library and the businesses on Main Street,” said Mayor Laurene Weste.

Studies show that the roundabout will provide a safer route compared to traditional intersections by smoothly accommodating commuter and emergency vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists traveling in and out of Old Town Newhall.  Other benefits include reducing the average delay time during rush hour traffic, decreasing fuel consumption and air pollution, and providing an area for landscaping and aesthetic features.

For more information on the Old Town Newhall Roundabout ribbon cutting event, please contact Jessica Jackson at (661) 255-4903 or by email at jjackson@santa-clarita.com.

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19 Comments

  1. How many car accidents in the first 24 hours?

    • ScottB says:

      Maybe a couple of fender benders. Some honking for people that stop but don’t need to. No injuries unless someone is really speeding, and you can’t really stop such behavior.

  2. No, I think the worst idea was the back-in parking fiasco in Downtown Newhall a few years back! This is a close second!

  3. Roundabouts, are no problem you get used to them… There’s one in Castaic, I lived in Georgia for 4 years and I enjoyed them.

  4. Newhall junkyard going to get more business soon.

  5. Gary Mason Gary Mason says:

    Reminds me of when the turned Decoro into one lane each way and made the other lane a bike lane…. Who ever is in charge of planning out the roads is full of win.

  6. People in California do not understand how a 4 way stop works. The city expects they will understand how yield signs work? We have a few yields in the city now and everyone comes to a stop at them, for no reason. This is going to be a problem.
    For the comment about the round about in castaic, it has MUCH less traffic then this one will. Also, the few times I have been to castaic and had to use it, I always run into people that so not understand it. Cars going round and round or stopping in the center so they can figure out what to do.

    This is going to be messy.

  7. Worst idea ever way to go “awesome town” bwhahaha lets set up yet another Scv death trap!

  8. Well that’s life, you learn to adjust… That’s California drivers for ya, alot of them don’t know how to.

  9. Newhall roundabout is a joke and I really pray no one gets hurt like at the Castaic one. What a waste. And it won’t save fuel and lower emissions like the spin master states in the article since a lot of people end up going around and up the wrong Street trying to figure out his to use it.

  10. Denny Fuerst says:

    It would appear that the majority of responders believe California drivers are too stupid to understand how to negotiate a simple roundabout. If that’s true, it’s a sad commentary on present-day drivers. I’d like to think that the majority of our drivers are a bit brighter than they’re being portrayed here.

  11. ScottB says:

    So you prefer parallel parking (that you have to back into)?

  12. Cathy says:

    Such drama. I love traffic circles. You don’t have to stop. As far as driver education goes, DMV is down the street. I’m sure it will be adopted part of the driving test. What are you going to do when you go to another town that has traffic circles? Cry? Get used to it. It’s the wave of the future, smoother traffic patterns.
    P.S. put down your cell phone and pay attention to the road and cars around you. You’ll be surprised on how much easier it will be to navigate.

  13. Dan says:

    Wasted money down the toilet drain.

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