Canyon Country Residents Demand Traffic Fix
East side neighborhood shows up in force to City Council meeting.
Tuesday night’s City Council meeting took an unexpected turn as a Canyon Country neighborhood turned out a large number of speakers asking the City for help in mitigating traffic and speeding problems that plague their streets.
The residents live in a section of Canyon Country just off Soledad Canyon Road, on Winterdale, Canvas, and surrounding streets. The neighborhood has been in existence for many years, and up until recently it was only accessible from Soledad Canyon Road.
However, in recent years a new neighborhood has been developed on the north side of their area. The new development stretched down to Sierra Highway, by way of Linda Vista St.
Now, Linda Vista connects to Canvas Rd, which creates a path of residential streets linking Sierra Highway to Soledad Canyon Road. It is for this reason that the residents claim traffic has increased by such a large margin.
The higher volume of cars has also led to complaints that many passing vehicles speed through the 25 mph streets. The residents have organized the placement of an electronic sign that warns drivers to keep within the posted speed limit and clocks their current speed, but they have asked the city of Santa Clarita for further help.
City Manager Ken Pulskamp told the City Council that much work has been done so far. “I can tell you that the Traffic Engineer, the Public Work department, the Sheriff’s department, myself, my office, have attended lengthy meetings with the neighborhood on several occasions.”
Of the work done, Pulskamp described that City staff has performed a license plate study, where the Sheriff’s study the addresses of violators they pull over in the neighborhood. “The study did not indicate that there was a substantial volume of cut-through traffic,” he said. In addition, all-way stop sights were installed at the intersection of Winterdale Dr. and Goodvale St. 10 new speed limit signs have been installed, 4 speed limit signs have been enlarged, and 25 mph markings were added to the pavement. The Sheriff’s Department has increased traffic patrols and after hours patrols as well. There was also an item on the City Council agenda to approve a three way stop sign at Winterdale and Canvas St. The Council unanimously approved it.
But not before several Council members pressed staff for more. “It sounds like we’ve done a lot,” said Councilmember Marsha McLean. “But we’re still having them come down to talk to us. So I don’t know what else can be done but I’m hoping that we can sure help solve that problem.”
The residents did express thankfulness for the work that has been done in their neighborhood so far, but still insisted on more action, as they say the problem persists.
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