To better accommodate traffic patterns and increase traffic flow at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Sierra Highway, the eastbound curb lane on Soledad Canyon Road approaching Sierra Highway is being modified to a dynamic lane. The dynamic lane becomes an exclusive right-turn only or a shared through/right-turn lane depending on time of day and traffic patterns.

City engineers are adopting this new approach to increase the number of vehicles passing along eastbound Soledad Canyon Road during peak traffic hours.  The dynamic lane is the first of its kind in Santa Clarita and will be implemented this month.

Drivers will be alerted about the lane restriction through a series of electronic signs that will be installed along the eastbound approach to Soledad Canyon Road between Vilna Avenue and Sierra Highway.

The lane becomes a through/right-turn lane during weekday evenings and a right-turn only lane all other times. City engineers have set the lane assignment based on real-time usage statistics with the goal of assisting traffic flow during peak hours. Restriction hours are subject to change. 

“Our data has shown that during certain hours of the day, we have a significantly higher number of drivers going straight, than those making a right turn at the Soledad and Sierra Highway intersection.  So we see a benefit in making the curb lane a shared through/right-turn lane during those times—it increases traffic flow,” says Traffic Signal System Administrator, Cesar Romo. “Traffic flow changes throughout the day. 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,” he adds.

This project is one of many traffic improvements made by the City’s engineering team to improve traffic flow at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road at Sierra Highway, one of the busiest intersections in the City.

Previously completed projects to improve traffic conditions at Soledad Canyon Road and Sierra Highway include:

  • Northbound Triple Left-Turn Lanes An additional left-turn lane was added for northbound motorists who travel westbound on Soledad Canyon Road, allowing more vehicles to turn left on a green signal.
  • Southbound Median and Striping Modification Striping along the southbound direction of Soledad Canyon Road at Sierra Highway was modified to accommodate an additional left-turn lane and through lane, reducing traffic delay during peak hours. In addition, a rubber median has been temporarily constructed until a new raised median is installed as part of the Canyon Country Community Center project.