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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1993 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson, attending the groundbreaking in Orange County of the nation's first privately owned and operated toll lanes in 50 years, called for expansion of the private road concept throughout the state. "We will continue to seek partners for similar projects," Wilson said at a sand-and-shovel ceremony in Yorba Regional Park, alongside the crowded Riverside Freeway.
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August 20, 1991 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When state transportation authorities unveiled plans last year for a privately built, four-lane toll road down the center median of the Riverside Freeway, the idea offered a tantalizing promise. For a dollar or two, motorists could buy blessed relief from bumper-to-bumper conditions found each day on the freeway, one of the nation's most crowded. But in the months since, the $88.3-million project on California 91 in Orange County has been beset by pitfalls and problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1991 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When state transportation authorities unveiled plans last year for a privately built, four-lane toll road down the Riverside Freeway median, the idea offered a tantalizing promise. For a dollar or two, motorists could find blessed relief from bumper-to-bumper conditions prevailing each day on the freeway, one of the nation's most crowded. But in the months since, the $88.3-million project on California 91 has been beset by pitfalls and problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1994 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under brilliant sunshine that refused to call it a summer, Orange County residents celebrated their Labor Day respite on Monday the best way they know how: with beach chairs and barbecues. Yet while it was casual and leisurely in back yards and at the ocean, there was a harsh dose of holiday mayhem on streets and freeways. Police reported that a car crash in Orange early Monday killed a Huntington Beach woman and injured three other people, including a 3-year-old girl.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1991 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 10-mile tollway planned for the median strip of the Riverside Freeway lurched closer to reality as state transportation officials hammered out a final contract with a company that wants to build the expressway, authorities said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1997 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A tanker carrying 8,000 gallons of gasoline burst into flames Monday night on the Riverside Freeway, shutting down all lanes in both directions and sending flames and smoke visible for 15 miles. "It is just a huge wall of fire on the highway," a California Highway Patrol spokeswoman said as the fire raged. The fire started when the tanks fell free from the Mobil gasoline truck as the driver went east near the Lakeview Avenue offramp at 8:11 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2000 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking to help commuters facing gridlock each day on the Riverside Freeway, state Sen. Joe Dunn (D-Santa Ana) on Wednesday proposed negotiations among state and local transportation officials and the owners of private toll lanes built along the freeway median. Dunn offered to serve as mediator to reach a compromise giving Caltrans freedom to improve a snarled stretch of the Riverside Freeway near the border of Orange and Riverside counties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2005 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
A strategy to unclog the Riverside Freeway emerged Friday after 18 months of talks when policymakers recommended widening the existing road and continued study of an elevated highway and a tunnel through Cleveland National Forest. The advisory panel of elected officials from Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, however, eliminated from consideration a proposed highway that would run parallel to the 91 from Interstate 15 to the Foothill-Eastern tollway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2002 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Anaheim assemblyman announced Monday that he will carry legislation to help Orange County's transportation agency buy the 91 Express Lanes--a privately owned tollway whose franchise agreement with the state has blocked major improvements to the congested Riverside Freeway. Meanwhile, the Transportation Authority's board of directors unanimously approved adding express bus service along the Riverside Freeway to provide Inland Empire commuters an alternative to their cars during rush hour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2001 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before dawn, the first commuters hurtle through Corona's streets at speeds of up to 75 mph. As rush hour builds, gridlock sets in, jamming the city's main thoroughfares with motorists, many of them out-of-towners taking shortcuts to bypass the congested Riverside Freeway as they head to their jobs in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Sometimes the morning traffic is so bad, Leo Arroyo says he can't even get out of his own driveway.
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