Closure leaves Bouquet residents up a creek – without a road

By Jim Holt

Last update: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Bouquet Creek residents barred from using Bouquet Canyon Road by a county gate, erected near the Big Oaks Lodge, are now forced to drive north around the reservoir through the town of Green Valley and along San Francisquito Canyon Road.

A 10-mile trip from Big Oaks Lodge to Saugus High School, for example, is now a 27-mile circuitous route that follows: six miles north on Bouquet to Spunky Canyon Road; 3 miles northwest on Spunky to San Francisquito Canyon Road; 14 miles west on San Francisquito to Copper Hill Drive and then about 4 miles east on Cooper Hill to either Seco Canyon Road or Haskell Canyon Road and back onto Bouquet.

Although the detour is triple the distance of the regular route straight down Bouquet, it’s the character of the detour roadways that troubles many residents.

Spunky Canyon Road is hilly terrain that winds around sudden sharp 400-foot cliff drops.

“I went through Spunky Canyon Road at night and I couldn’t see anything it was so dark,” said longtime Bouquet Creek resident Richard Knox.

“There are 400-foot cliffs that you can fall off of,” he said. “You build your life on the assumption that you’re just 15 minutes away from the city and then an arbitrary decision to close the road makes that impossible.”

And, San Francisquito Canyon Road has proven to be one of the more treacherous roadways in the Santa Clarita Valley with at least 16 crashes in 20 months.

Between February 2015 and September 2016, at least 16 traffic collisions on San Francisquito Canyon Road resulted in injury or death – four people killed, and least 22 were injured.

Bouquet Creek resident Brenda Lee took the same detour along Spunky Canyon Road to San Francisquito, finding the usual 15-munite trip tripled in time.

“I have a cabin there on Bouquet,” Lee told The Signal Wednesday. “They (County officials) have given me no access to Bouquet Canyon Road. It’s insane.

“I had to go all the way around, north on Bouquet and left on Spunky.  It turned into a 45-minute trip just to get to the bottom of Bouquet Canyon Road.

On Monday, Bouquet Canyon Road was shut down for six months – over concerns about the flooding of Bouquet Canyon Creek – by officials with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Work.Weekend rains convinced them to close the flood-sensitive road as a safety precaution, fearing traffic collisions and injury.

“The road, which was closed Thursday, Oct. 27, due to predicted rain, will remain closed to all traffic at least through winter storm season, which officially ends on April 15,” Public Works spokesman Steve Frasher announced Monday in a news release.

But, another resident asked how officials could “justify shutting down Bouquet Canyon Road for flood concerns for six months when there is no water on the road 90 percent of the time.”

 

jholt@signalscv.com

661-287-5527

on Twitter @jamesarthurholt

Headlines in The Signal for stories reporting traffic collisions on San Francisquito Canyon Road:

2016

Sept. 14        – Motorcyclist hurt in early morning crash on San Francisquito

Sept. 11        – Traffic Collision injures nine

Aug. 13         – One dead following fiery crash in Green Valley

Aug. 6        – Two people hurt in San Francisquito Canyon crash

June 19        – Motorcyclist hurt in early morning crash on San Francisquito

June 5        – Motorcyclist injured in crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road

May 29    –     Two treated in motortrike rollover on San Francisquito Canyon Road

March 27        – Motorcyclist injured in crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road

Feb. 18        – One injured in San Francisquito Canyon crash

Feb. 6        – Motorcyclist killed in crash on San Francisquito identified as Acton resident

2015

dec. 27      – UPDATE: Motorcyclist killed in collision on San Francisquito Canyon Road

nov. 16    – woman injured in rollover on San Francisquito Canyon Road

oct. 15    – UPDATE: Sheriff’s deputy killed in traffic collision on San Francisquito Canyon Road

sept. 22    – Motorcyclist injured on winding SCV canyon road

March 29    – Two hurt in solo rollover crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road

feb. 20    – One dead in crash near San Francisquito Road

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Closure leaves Bouquet residents up a creek – without a road

File photo of Public Works crew putting gate in place on Bouquet Canyon Road. Katharine Lotze/Signal

Bouquet Creek residents barred from using Bouquet Canyon Road by a county gate, erected near the Big Oaks Lodge, are now forced to drive north around the reservoir through the town of Green Valley and along San Francisquito Canyon Road.

A 10-mile trip from Big Oaks Lodge to Saugus High School, for example, is now a 27-mile circuitous route that follows: six miles north on Bouquet to Spunky Canyon Road; 3 miles northwest on Spunky to San Francisquito Canyon Road; 14 miles west on San Francisquito to Copper Hill Drive and then about 4 miles east on Cooper Hill to either Seco Canyon Road or Haskell Canyon Road and back onto Bouquet.

Although the detour is triple the distance of the regular route straight down Bouquet, it’s the character of the detour roadways that troubles many residents.

Spunky Canyon Road is hilly terrain that winds around sudden sharp 400-foot cliff drops.

“I went through Spunky Canyon Road at night and I couldn’t see anything it was so dark,” said longtime Bouquet Creek resident Richard Knox.

“There are 400-foot cliffs that you can fall off of,” he said. “You build your life on the assumption that you’re just 15 minutes away from the city and then an arbitrary decision to close the road makes that impossible.”

And, San Francisquito Canyon Road has proven to be one of the more treacherous roadways in the Santa Clarita Valley with at least 16 crashes in 20 months.

Between February 2015 and September 2016, at least 16 traffic collisions on San Francisquito Canyon Road resulted in injury or death – four people killed, and least 22 were injured.

Bouquet Creek resident Brenda Lee took the same detour along Spunky Canyon Road to San Francisquito, finding the usual 15-munite trip tripled in time.

“I have a cabin there on Bouquet,” Lee told The Signal Wednesday. “They (County officials) have given me no access to Bouquet Canyon Road. It’s insane.

“I had to go all the way around, north on Bouquet and left on Spunky.  It turned into a 45-minute trip just to get to the bottom of Bouquet Canyon Road.

On Monday, Bouquet Canyon Road was shut down for six months – over concerns about the flooding of Bouquet Canyon Creek – by officials with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Work.Weekend rains convinced them to close the flood-sensitive road as a safety precaution, fearing traffic collisions and injury.

“The road, which was closed Thursday, Oct. 27, due to predicted rain, will remain closed to all traffic at least through winter storm season, which officially ends on April 15,” Public Works spokesman Steve Frasher announced Monday in a news release.

But, another resident asked how officials could “justify shutting down Bouquet Canyon Road for flood concerns for six months when there is no water on the road 90 percent of the time.”

 

jholt@signalscv.com

661-287-5527

on Twitter @jamesarthurholt

Headlines in The Signal for stories reporting traffic collisions on San Francisquito Canyon Road:

2016

Sept. 14        – Motorcyclist hurt in early morning crash on San Francisquito

Sept. 11        – Traffic Collision injures nine

Aug. 13         – One dead following fiery crash in Green Valley

Aug. 6        – Two people hurt in San Francisquito Canyon crash

June 19        – Motorcyclist hurt in early morning crash on San Francisquito

June 5        – Motorcyclist injured in crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road

May 29    –     Two treated in motortrike rollover on San Francisquito Canyon Road

March 27        – Motorcyclist injured in crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road

Feb. 18        – One injured in San Francisquito Canyon crash

Feb. 6        – Motorcyclist killed in crash on San Francisquito identified as Acton resident

2015

dec. 27      – UPDATE: Motorcyclist killed in collision on San Francisquito Canyon Road

nov. 16    – woman injured in rollover on San Francisquito Canyon Road

oct. 15    – UPDATE: Sheriff’s deputy killed in traffic collision on San Francisquito Canyon Road

sept. 22    – Motorcyclist injured on winding SCV canyon road

March 29    – Two hurt in solo rollover crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road

feb. 20    – One dead in crash near San Francisquito Road

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  • How stupid to close the road for 6 months. Why don’t they just close it when there is a threat of rain which is basically never around here. Sucks for those residents. Hopefully a lawsuit or the board of supervisors will intervene.

  • marhuf2002

    Politics at it’s worst. I have lived in Santa Clarita since 1991 and just recently moved to west Palmdale. Bouquet Canyon Road is a beautiful, peaceful route to Santa Clarita that I have driven for over a month. I have barely seen water on the road. No torrents of water, no life threatening areas. They closed this road before rain was even falling. So after half an inch of rain this road is now so dangerous as to warrant its closing for 6 months? Show me pictures of these awful road conditions. They don’t exist. The debate over the silt in the creek has been going on for two and a half years! This sounds like a total pass the buck on the responsibility of fixing the problem, so we’ll just close the road instead! We are in drought conditions and we have to close a road for fear of water? Cutting off the residents in this way is totally wrong. It also sounds like nobody has any plans for beginning the necessary repairs. I see NO reason that this road can’t be closed only when there is a threat of flooding. I also see where this problem has cut the water supply to many residents including Lombardi Ranch and LARC. Lombardi has been a tradition in this valley for decades. This whole situation needs to be fixed but closing Bouquet is not a solution.