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July 28, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The chief of the agency overseeing Boston's Big Dig resigned under pressure from the governor, two weeks after falling concrete crushed a woman to death in her car. The departure of Matthew J. Amorello, chairman of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, was announced 90 minutes before a hearing was supposed to begin on Republican Gov. Mitt Romney's effort to remove him from the $14.6-billion highway project.
June 6, 2006
Freeway widening will close carpool access on two freeways for four years starting Wednesday: the carpool connector between the westbound 91 and northbound Santa Ana Freeway, and the northbound carpool lane on Santa Ana Freeway from Magnolia Avenue to the Manchester Boulevard offramp.
May 6, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Barbara legislator, citing environmental concerns, wants to stop a proposed 16-mile toll road extension through San Onofre State Beach in southern Orange County. Democratic Assemblyman Pedro Nava, a former state Coastal Commission member, said he doesn't think the extension should be built. Instead, he recommended setting aside $450,000 for an independent University of California study to assess traffic in south Orange County.
April 25, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
A nearly $12-billion plan to widen freeways, expand commuter rail service and improve major thoroughfares over the next three decades was approved Monday by the Orange County Transportation Authority and sent to county supervisors and cities for approval. If approved, the plan would be put on the ballot along with a proposed extension of a half-cent-on-the-dollar sales tax to pay for it.
April 19, 2006 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
Perhaps if signs along the highway read "Death Trap Ahead," rather than "Construction Zone," motorists might pay better attention. Fatality statistics show that construction zones are among the most dangerous sections of roadway, for highway workers and, even more so, for motorists. And risks are going up as federal spending for highway construction grows and more roads are torn up. Surprisingly, an estimated 90% of construction-zone deaths involve motorists rather than construction workers.
April 11, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Orange County's largest transportation agency on Monday declined an invitation to join a group of regional water districts seeking federal money to study a proposed 11-mile tunnel through the Santa Ana Mountains. The proposed tunnel between Riverside and Orange counties -- still far from reality -- would carry water pipelines and traffic between the two counties.
March 28, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
To the frustration of some Orange County transportation officials, a group of regional water boards is trying to get $15 million in federal money to study a proposed 11-mile road and water pipeline tunnel through the Santa Ana Mountains to Riverside County. News of the effort by the Riverside Orange Corridor Authority, formed in May, came after the group held its first meeting last month.
March 8, 2006 | Dana Parsons
I'm not an expert on regional transportation or the environment. That puts me in the same camp as most of you, I'd bet, but it doesn't mean we can't gnash our teeth over the recurring Southern California clash between concrete and trees. We accept that Orange County developers carved our civilization of 3 million people out of some of the most beautiful topography to be found. We can also lament what we lost by doing so. I'm not going to rehash that trade-off today.
January 20, 2006 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
At the request of two high-ranking state officials, directors of Orange County's turnpike authority on Thursday postponed a decision to build the Foothill South tollway through San Onofre State Beach. Sunne Wright McPeak, secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing, and Mike Chrisman, secretary of State Resources, sought the delay to give state officials more time to evaluate the highway's environmental impact report, made public just before the holidays. "This matter is extremely complex.
December 23, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
State transportation officials broke ground on a $62-million project to widen a 6-mile stretch of California Highway 99 south of Fresno, from Selma to Kingsburg. The increasingly congested four-lane highway will be expanded to six lanes. Completion is expected by 2008.
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