Left Turns A "No No" At New COC Campus
Motorists cited for speeding, making left turns while exiting new COC Canyon Country Campus
Currently, no left turns are permitted when exiting the COC Canyon Country campus at Sierra Highway. Sgt. Rich Cohen of the LA County Sheriff's Department told KHTS that deputies are on the scene enforcing this. Also, Cohen says that there are concerns over the speeds at which drivers are traveling on Sierra Highway, so they are patrolling for that as well. In fact, the through traffic speed on Sierra Highway is a major reason that left turns are not allowed from the campus, because a mix of the new traffic pattern and high speed drivers could prove dangerous to motorists.
College of the Canyons issued a statement explaining the situation. In it, they said: "Very soon there will be a traffic signal at the exit from the campus to Sierra Highway. The college submitted all the permits and purchased all the equipment for the lights to be installed. It was our hope to have it done by opening, August 27th, however, despite help from the City of Santa Clarita, which processed the permits in record time, and from Los Angeles County, which has also been moving the permits faster than usual, the process was not completed in time. Permits are being hand-carried through the County system and the signal should be in place in about three weeks."
College of the Canyons representatives went on to say that three way stop signs were in place for the first day of operation, however a lack of County permits for that solution forced them to install a right turn only sign.
So for now, the College asks for a little patience; "Right now, County, City and college officials are working together on permits so that a better solution can be put in place for the next few weeks until the signal light is permitted and installed. We ask all drivers to be patient, read and obey all the traffic and directional signs, expect changing traffic patterns, and drive with caution."
Sand Canyon road would be a good detour in the interim, as it will bring drivers back to Soledad Canyon Road. U-turns could also be an option, however Sgt. Cohen warns that there are areas where U-turns are not legal on Sierra Highway. U-turns can also be dangerous.