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Local neighborhood gets rid of barriers

September 30, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Santa Clarita officials voted late Tuesday to get rid of concrete barriers that triggered a storm of protest in a local neighborhood. The Santa Clarita City Council voted to remove concrete barriers that divided a Saugus neighborhood.

Emotions were in overdrive at a Santa Clarita City Hall meeting over the concrete dividers.

The barriers were doing more than just dividing traffic they were also driving deep divisions between neighbors.

"I hate it because I cannot turn into my own street," said diverter opposer, Jennifer Cavallaro.

"It was very effective. It stops cut through traffic," said diverter supporter,Tony Natoli.

The city of Santa Clarita installed the barriers at the corner of Benz Road and Alaminos Drive to stop excess drivers from using Benz Road as a shortcut between Bouquet Canyon and Copper Hill Drive.

Traffic on Benz Road climbed when the street was opened up to Copper Hill Drive five years ago.

"Since they opened it up at Copper Hill we have upwards to 3,000 cars a day, with an average of 2,400 cars a day traversing this street 24 hours 7 days a week," said a resident.

But some residents like Bob English say the barriers mess up the neighborhood traffic pattern.

"It would double the amount of traffic. It would take me 20 minutes to get out of my driveway," said English.

 

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