The Santa Clarita City Council approved the plans to extend Via Princessa to Golden Valley Road at its Tuesday night meeting.
The extention would bring Via Princessa from its current terminus to the end of Robert C. Lee Parkway next to Golden Valley High School.
A major arterial highway, the road would span about 1.2 miles with six lanes, a 14-foot raised and landscaped median, a 10-foot sidewalk and parkway on each side, and a 12-foot, two-lane bike path along the south side.
“The Via Princessa extension is a vital link in the Santa Clarita Valley. We’ve got to get people to the jobs centers, to school, to work,” said Councilman Dante Acosta.
“(People have said) ‘you guys don’t care about the environment,’ but this is an environmental issue,” he said. “If we have people moving through town, getting to their destinations quickly, then we’re going to lower emissions. We’re going to lower the amount of time and stress that people have. It’s a quality of life issue, as well, and that’s important to me.”
In 2007, the city received $11,577,000 in grant funding for construction, according to a staff report. In 2009, the city began preparing an environmental impact report to determine the preferred alignment and environmental impacts of the roadway, but the project was delayed due to the poor economy.
Tuesday’s approval of the EIR confirmed the project is in accordance with the city’s General Plan.
The project is expected to cost $50 million, and the city is seeking additional grants and funds.
It still has a ways to go before construction begins. A funding plan, construction plan and other parts of the project still need to be created and approved by the City Council.