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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
For more than a year, transportation planners have said that preparations for a toll road passing through San Onofre State Beach were on schedule. On Wednesday, that message was revised. Planners now say it will take at least two years longer than expected to get funding and permits for the controversial turnpike, which will complete Orange County's network of toll roads and link Orange and San Diego counties.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2007 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
For once, state and local officials hope there will be traffic clogs this morning at the junction of the 10 and 605 freeways. They will be meeting there in Baldwin Park, on the Athol Street bridge overlooking the often-congested interchange, to show state transportation officials the need to fund improvements from $2.8 billion in bond money that will be divided next week. "I live in West Covina and travel that freeway all the time, and it is a mess," Assemblyman Edward P.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
It long ago earned the nickname "Ricochet Alley," a narrow, three-mile stretch of tight curves through the Santa Ana Mountains. Now, the winding section of Ortega Highway -- where 12 people have been killed in traffic accidents in the last decade -- will be widened and perhaps tamed. Caltrans' $40-million project on California 74 will widen lanes and add shoulders, guardrails and turnouts along one of the few connectors between Orange and Riverside counties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2007 | George Skelton
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa kept chanting three numbers like a mantra Tuesday as he lobbied the Capitol for more highway bond money. Every few seconds, it seemed, the mayor would remind anyone listening that L.A. County houses 28% of the state's population, endures 33% of its traffic congestion, but is being earmarked a measly 12% of the initial $2.8 billion being distributed from the $19.9-billion transportation bond approved in November by California voters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2007 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
If you're driving to Las Vegas this weekend, plan on taking your patience: As part of a major repaving project in Devore, contractors plan to close the northbound Interstate 215 connector to Interstate 15 from 9 tonight until 4 a.m. Monday, according to a spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation. "This is going to be a tough weekend," said Terri Kasinga, warning of traffic delays of up to three hours while vehicles are diverted around the quarter-mile freeway closure.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Big Dig tunnel where a woman was crushed to death in a ceiling collapse last summer will reopen today, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said. Workers have installed and tested a new bracket-and-hanger system to support the concrete ceiling panels along a half-mile stretch of the tunnel, Patrick said.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2006 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
The future of some of the West's most unspoiled national forestlands remains in flux more than two months after a federal judge reinstated protections on nearly 50 million acres of backcountry. Nowhere is that uncertainty more in evidence than in Idaho, which has the largest and wildest assemblage of roadless national forest in the Lower 48 states.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
This week's high winds and cold night temperatures prevented the contractor on the Garden Grove Freeway construction project from placing highway signs, resulting in a delay of the opening of new lanes. Granite Construction, the primary contractor, told the Orange County Transportation Authority late Thursday that it would not open the lanes today as had been announced. The opening is tentatively set for Monday, an authority spokesman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Surviving in the shadow of its big brother to the north, Orange County has had its share of self-esteem issues. But an ongoing widening project on the Santa Ana Freeway has transportation planners thumping their chests with pride. The freeway -- a virtual Main Street of Southern California -- is being widened and improved on the Orange County side of the county line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Widening the Riverside Freeway and constructing carpool lane connectors on the San Diego Freeway top the list of projects that Orange County transportation planners want to tackle with new state infrastructure bond money. Planners, who met Monday to set priorities on traffic projects, have long sought to help the clogged Riverside Freeway -- the main connector between the neighboring counties.
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