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City Council to weigh restrictions for trucks

Bridgeport and Whispering Leaves/Friendly Valley residents oppose big-rig shortcuts

Posted: March 26, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 26, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The Santa Clarita City Council is scheduled to decide Tuesday if large trucks should be restricted from cutting through two city neighborhoods: Bridgeport and Whispering Leaves/Friendly Valley.

Members of the homeowners association of Bridgeport and residents of the Whispering Leaves/Friendly Valley area complained that too many trucks were using their residential streets as cut-through routes to get to larger streets, according to city officials.

City staff conducted traffic investigations in both areas and found that both neighborhoods would benefit from restricting access to trucks weighing more than 14,000 pounds.

A city ordinance prohibits trucks using certain roads as cut-throughs, including parts of Rainbow Glen Drive, Benz Road, Linda Vista Street, Deep Creek Drive and Galeton Road, said Andrew Yi, city traffic engineer.

“We have some other streets that have weight restrictions,” Yi said.

Staff has proposed adding to the list of streets with weight regulations Bridgeport Lane, Bridgeview Lane and Parkwood Lane — streets that lead into the Bridgeport area — and Whispering Leaves Drive, Friendly Valley Parkway and Green Mountain Drive — which lead into the Whispering Leaves/Friendly Valley area.

Trucks heavier than 14,000 pounds could still make deliveries in the areas, Yi said.

The City Council must approve changes to the ordinance and the ordinance must pass its second reading
before the signs would be put up and the ordinance would be enforced, Yi said.

The cost to implement it is estimated at $500.

Within city limits, weight limit restrictions are enforced by the Sheriff’s Department, Yi said.

The City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.



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