Benz traffic limits OK’d

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Los Angeles County supervisors decided Tuesday to have signs posted on a stretch of county road to stop thousands of cars a day from taking a rush-hour shortcut through the older Benz Road city neighborhood. The decision to bar turns from Copper Hill onto Buckhorn Lane two hours a day was spurred by county residents who had opposed city government’s plan to bar turns four hours a day. “I believe this is a fair compromise,” said Anthony Michaelides, who lives on nearby Cross Creek Drive. He represented residents from the Cross Creek and Canterwood area at an informal meeting of city and county traffic engineers May 18 to resolve the issue. “Many residents didn’t want any restriction at all.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In February, the Santa Clarita City Council approved placing signs on Copper Hill and Bouquet Canyon Road to prevent drivers from using Benz as a thoroughfare. The signs on Copper Hill would have restricted traffic from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Instead, county officials made it 4:30 to 6:30. Benz was built under county control decades ago, before the city of Santa Clarita was incorporated. More than two dozen homes front Benz, which became a cut-through when Copper Hill Drive opened to Bouquet Canyon Road. Benz has handled about 3,300 car trips a day. Long-time Benz resident Tony Natoli, who urged city officials for three years to take action,questioned county supervisors’ move. “I’m not sure if it was a win or giveaway,” he said. “It’s like a nightmare where you can’t get a toehold or up a ladder.” He said he is taking a wait-and-see attitude but will push for a city backup plan to further restrict permissible turns if the Benz traffic does not subside to fewer than 2,000 trips a day. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich recommended the changes,including exploring the viability of placing a fire gate where a cul de sac once stood at Cross Creek and Canterwood drives. Paul Novak, a deputy for Antonovich, said the county Department of Public Works will talk to county Fire Department officials and look into getting a right-of-way from affected homeowners. Michaelides is pushing hard for the gate, which he said a majority of the impacted residents want. City and county traffic engineers will monitor the traffic for about three months to see if the signs are helping, said City Traffic Engineer Andrew Yi. They will consider extending the restriction to four hours if needed. [email protected] (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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