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SATICOY : Completion of Bridge Will Be Celebrated

A parade of antique cars will roll across the Saticoy bridge today in celebration of the completion of improvements to the bridge and the long-troublesome California 118 through the tiny community.

Festivities, including the parade, speeches by dignitaries and a street festival, begin at 10 a.m. at the reconstructed bridge, which spans the Santa Clara River.

The celebration then heads north to the intersection of Los Angeles Avenue and Violeta Street where formal dedication ceremonies are planned at 10:30 a.m., said Patricia Reid, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation.

At noon, a street festival in the community’s Old Town section will begin.

“The people of Saticoy have waited a long time for this,” Reid said. “These improvements will serve to make motorists’ lives easier and safer.”

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Reid said the $22-million, two-phase project started in 1991 and saw the complete renovation of the bridge and the widening and realignment of California 118, which doglegged through the town, causing traffic tie-ups at rush hours.


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