The Santa Clarita City Council hosted community members and dignitaries last Saturday at the Grand Opening for the Cross Valley Connector. The bridge connecting Newhall Ranch Road to Golden Valley Road over the Santa Clara River was the final link in making continuous travel possible between I-5/126 across town to the 14 Freeway.
Despite high winds, hundreds of residents showed up for the momentous occasion.
An estimated 400-500 people were in attendance for the festivities.
The Cross Valley Connector was made possible through a mulitude of private/public partnerships. U.S. Congressman Howard P. McKeon played a critical role in providing funding for the network of roads.
Members of the Tataviam Band of Mission Indians delivered a Tribal Ceremonial Blessing.
Once the ribbon was cut the Wells Fargo Stagecoach led a procession of classic cars, cyclists and Tank the Skateboarding Bulldog. Winners of a radio contest on KHTS AM 1220 won the chance to ride on the stagecoach with Mayor Laurene Weste. The winners were: Kristijana Hordov, Susan Cuffari, Carol Marino and Ann Fry.
Over 40 vintage and classic cars were among the first to travel the bridge.
When all was said and done the bridge was opened.