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Night-time traffic on Golden Valley Road will see lane closures beginning Monday, as work crews begin laying pipe for the new Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Construction on the waterline is set to begin the week of April 22 and continue through June. Work is scheduled to take place Monday through Friday, from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

Beginning Monday, SCV Water crews are scheduled to begin installing the waterline in the northbound lane of Golden Valley Road, between Robert C. Lee Parkway and Centre Pointe Parkway.

“We’ll be saw-cutting Golden Valley Road, that’s the first step,” Josh Gilliam, inspection supervisor of the work project, said Friday.

“The second step will be digging up the pavement, then installing a 16-inch water main,” he said.

Before any work on the sheriff station begins, the water infrastructure must be in place, which, in this case, calls for a minimum of three fire hydrants.

“It should go smoothly,” Gilliam said.

At points during the construction, traffic will be reduced to one lane, with motorists being escorted by a “pilot car” using one lane.

The digging is expected to happen from about 500 feet north of Robert C. Lee Parkway to about 500 feet south of Centre Pointe Parkway.

Mesa Engineering, the water agency’s contractor, is expected to install 5,700 feet of 16-inch waterline, as well as new fire hydrants, valves and water service connections for the sheriff’s station.

The project is expected to provide water and adequate fire protection to the new sheriff’s station and ensure that water services continue to meet the needs of customers now and in the future.

During the construction, a portion of the northbound traffic on Golden Valley Road will be detoured to the southbound side of the street during the construction hours. Residents will be notified in advance of any water system shutdown.

The new sheriff’s station is scheduled to be twice the size of the current station, and will serve the Santa Clarita Valley’s population of 293,000 residents.

While there may be some inconveniences to residents during this period, SCV Water will strive to minimize them, said Kathie Martin, spokeswoman for the SCV Water agency.

The Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency is a full-service regional water agency located in the Santa Clarita Valley.

It provides water service to about 72,000 business and residential customers. It was formed on Jan. 1, 2018, when local water suppliers combined into one integrated, regional water provider.

Construction of the new station officially got underway in July, when city and county officials gathered for the groundbreaking of the highly anticipated facility on Golden Valley Road.

The 46,461-square-foot building, with a helipad, will replace the current building at 23640 Magic Mountain Parkway, which was built in 1972.

The new station was a collaborative effort by the city of Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County and the county’s Sheriff’s Department. The total project cost is approximately $62.9 million.

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  1. Pamela Miller says:

    “The total project cost is approximately $62.9 million.” That sentence actually *should* read: “is anticipated to baseline at approximately $63-million” because NO construction ever comes in at budget. $63-million dollars. That is a HUGE amount of money and for what? For deputies to continue to mistake a stick for a rifle? Better that money be distributed to our schools for supplies and to build many homeless shelters. $63-million. Does that include kick-backs and to whom? What a boondoggle.

  2. jim says:

    Aw, c’mon Pam; tell us what you really think about this project.

    How can you not see the love and trust in this part of the article:

    “The project is expected to provide water and adequate fire protection to the new sheriff’s station and ensure that water services continue to meet the needs of customers now and in the future.”

    And this one too:

    “The new station was a collaborative effort by the city of Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County and the county’s Sheriff’s Department. The total project cost is approximately $62.9 million.”

    If tradition holds, the named agency at the top of the list will pay the most, and succeeding agencies will pay less. Whaddaya think, 50% for SClarita, 30% for LACO, and 20% from the Sheriff’s budget?

    NOT counting overages and change orders, of course.

    We should be so lucky…

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