CEMEX property as viewed looking north east from Soledad Canyon Road in Santa Clarita in 2014.
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Soledad Canyon Road will be better able to accommodate traffic patterns and increase traffic flow, the City of Santa Clarita announced Monday.

A new dynamic lane, which will be implemented later in April, will be the first of its kind in Santa Clarita and seeks to increase the number of vehicles that can pass through during peak traffic hours.

“Traffic flow changes throughout the day,” Traffic Signal System Administrator Cesar Romo said in a statement. “The dynamic lane is an example of how we can use data and technology to be responsive to changing patterns and improve traffic conditions on our streets.”

Data shows more cars drive straight than turn right during certain hours of the day, Romo said.

The road will be modified to include a dynamic lane at the intersection of Soledad Canyon and Sierra Highway going eastbound. Depending on the time of day and amount of traffic, the lane will become either exclusively right-turn only or a shared through and right-turn lane.

During weekday evenings, the lane will become a combination through lane and a right-turn lane. At all other times, it will be right-turn only.

Electronic signs will be installed in between Vilna Avenue and Sierra Highway.

Past changes to the Soledad and Sierra intersection include adding a northbound left turn lane on Soledad, southbound striping and the installation of a rubber median.

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Gina Ender is a journalist covering city government and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in February 2017.
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  • Gary Bierend

    Why not make it a full time shared through and right-turn lane?

  • SoCal

    I’ve lived in the area 29 years. Drivers are already confused at that light… it’s been a right-turn only lane, yet some drivers don’t pay attention or don’t care! They are in that lane and just drive straight through. It’s dangerous.

    • Gary Bierend

      I couldn’t agree more. People will be in the turn lane thinking they can go through, then they’ll panic and try to get back in a through lane so they don’t get a ticket…it’s going to be a mess. They should just make it a through/right turn lane 24/7.

      By the way, I drove by there and saw some workers, I assume they were preparing to put in the “Electronic signs”. Couldn’t a regular metal sign do? It seems to be good enough for the car pool lane on the 14.