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Starting Monday, June 11, the city of Santa Clarita will begin a project to improve three existing crosswalks located along Creekside Road, between Valencia Boulevard and Auto Center Drive.

The project will construct raised crosswalks and add a landscaped safety island in the center median, where pedestrians can stop before they finish crossing a road. In addition to improving aesthetics, these changes will decrease vehicle speeds, which will increase safety in an area that receives heavy foot traffic.

In addition, the speed limit will be decreased from 35 mph, to a business district speed limit of 25 mph. Most of the construction will take place at night, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. This project is expected to be complete by early July.

During construction hours, traffic will often be reduced to a single lane, with flagging operations. During daytime hours, one lane will remain open in each direction of travel. Delays are expected. Motorists that are not accessing area businesses are advised to use Magic Mountain Parkway as an alternate route.

The Valencia Auto Center is one of Southern California’s largest auto centers, attracting shoppers from all over California. Over 300 pedestrians cross Creekside Road between Valencia Boulevard and Auto Center Drive each day.

On May 22, 2018, the Santa Clarita City Council awarded the construction contract for the crosswalk improvement project and adopted the resolution to establish the 25 mph speed limit for the business district on Creekside Road. The project is being funded through a local assessment district which the auto dealerships contribute to.

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

For questions or concerns, please contact Gus Pivetti from the city of Santa Clarita’s Public Works Department at (661) 286-4047 or at gpivetti@santa-clarita.com.

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