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Miles of traffic lights synchronized

• $5 million spent to ease Old Road drive.

Posted: April 3, 2008 12:50 a.m.
Updated: June 4, 2008 5:05 a.m.
The Old Road is now the synchronized road.

County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich met with representatives of Castaic and West Ranch on Wednesday to flip the switch on synchronized traffic signals along the western road that runs parallel to Interstate 5.

The move is intended to reduce congestion, pollution, travel time and enhance public safety.

And while construction along the road through Magic Mountain Parkway is expected to last throughout the summer, the lights through the area - 26 in all - will now be timed to allow motorists to travel unimpeded.

Antonovich met Wednesday morning with officials of town councils in the Castaic area and West Ranch, as well as a representative of Department of Public Works, in the parking lot of Jimmy Deans on The Old Road.

The $5 million project they unveiled was the Santa Clarita Valley Traffic Synchronization Project.

Santa Clarita's share of the project cost $3.75 million, paid with the help of a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

"This is a very important improvement for commuters," said Tony Bell, spokesman for Antonovich. "We're making huge strides across the county with synchronized lights."

At the start of the new year, county statistics show that 2,334 intersections were timed in Los Angeles County.

"The lights are all timed for continuous traffic flow," Bell said.

Synchronized traffic lights affect 26 intersections on the west side of the Santa Clarita Valley. They include:

• Thirteen intersections on The Old Road from Pico Canyon Road to Lake Hughes Road

• Three intersections on Stevenson Ranch Parkway from Pico Canyon Road to The Old Road

• Intersection on Pico Can-yon Road from Stevenson Ranch Parkway to The OId Road

• Eight intersections on Copper Hill Drive from Decoro Drive to San Francisquito Canyon Road.

According to Bell, the synchronized lights program promises to reduce travel times by one third and, over the course of a year, save motorists an average of: $218 million in vehicle costs; 14.8 million travel hours; 18.7 million gallons of fuel and 7,700 tons of pollutants.


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