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Officials say Newhall work won’t impact parade route

Streetscape work should be complete by the end of July

Posted: July 2, 2009 8:07 p.m.
Updated: July 3, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Santa Clarita suffered a few setbacks in sprucing up downtown Newhall, but the so-called “streetscaping” work has had no effect on Saturday’s July Fourth parade route.

Crews from R.C. Becker and Son set to work March 16 on one of the first major projects in the city’s move to revitalize Newhall, replacing the sidewalks between 6th Street and 8th Street, adding shrubs, trees, planters, trash cans and benches.

The east side of the street is almost completely finished, while the west side has been completed from 6th Street to just short of Market Street, Assistant City Engineer Chris Price said.

“We didn’t get as far as we wanted to prior to the parade, which was disappointing,” he said Thursday. “But it’s looking pretty good.”

Main Street will be open to traffic in both directions through the weekend — with the exception of Saturday morning’s parade closures — and on Monday crews will be back to work, Price said.

He expects the project to be wrapped up by the end of the month.

Still to be done on the east side of the street is some landscaping, Price said.

Additionally, new, antique-style street lights will be installed along both sides of the street toward the end of the project.

At intersections and mid-block crossings, the re-done sidewalks jut out into the street — so-called “bulb-outs” — which slow down or “calm” traffic.

At least one holdup may have been as a result of work being done by the Newhall County Water District, Price said.

The water district is installing a 24-inch-diameter main line underneath the street, which is part of a future modernization project for Newhall’s water system. While it may have resulted in some present setbacks, Price said the installation saves having to tear up the street in the future.

Once the current streetscaping is completed, Price said city engineers intend to set to work on planning out the next phase, from 8th Street to Lyons Avenue.

He said the goal is to finish that project before or during the construction of a new library slated for the intersection of Lyons Avenue and Main Street. The library is expected to be built by 2012.


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