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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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
Las Vegas-bound motorists suffered heavy delays after Caltrans closed a portion of northbound Interstate 15 on Saturday morning for repaving work. "It's still heavy, but it's moving," said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Martin. At mid-afternoon, traffic had backed up for about six miles on the northbound detour, Interstate 215, between the University Parkway exit and the I-15 interchange. The work is scheduled to continue through 4 a.m. Monday.
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November 18, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A "stem-to-stern" review of the Big Dig highway system that was ordered after a fatal collapse last summer has found the roads, tunnels and bridges in downtown Boston are well built overall, but some repairs are urgently needed. Gov. Mitt Romney released the results Friday of the $4.5-million review.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2006 | By 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. The forecasts assume construction of the tollway, a carpool lane each way on the I-5 and some interchange improvements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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