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November 16, 2006 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Widening the heavily congested Santa Ana and San Diego freeways tops Los Angeles County's wish list of highway projects seeking new state infrastructure bond money. Transportation planners want to eliminate the bottleneck on the Santa Ana Freeway at the Los Angeles-Orange County line, where five lanes of traffic funnel into three lanes in each direction.
November 14, 2006 | Dan Weikel and David Reyes, Times Staff Writers
New traffic studies contradict optimistic predictions that a proposed tollway through San Onofre State Beach would eliminate much of the congestion on Interstate 5 in South County. Most of I-5 in South County will be "consistently congested" at rush hour by 2030 even if the controversial Foothill South toll road extension is built, according to the Orange County Transportation Authority's long-range transportation plan for 2006.
September 3, 2006 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
As they prepare to set spending priorities for the next quarter-century, Los Angeles County transit officials are bracing for a head-on collision over where to build the next light-rail line. Should the Westside's proposed Expo Line be extended all the way from downtown to Santa Monica? Or should Pasadena's Gold Line grow 13 miles east to Montclair?
August 2, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A federal judge said Tuesday that the Bush administration had the right to overturn a ban on road construction in untouched parts of national forests but questioned whether it could do so without weighing the possible environmental effects. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Laporte said the Forest Service appeared to be "on solid ground" last year when it reversed a Clinton administration rule banning new roads in nearly a third of federal forests.
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.
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