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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Orange County transportation planners are closing a chapter on a spending plan that will have generated more than $4 billion in freeway and road improvements by the time it expires in 2011. On Monday, the Orange County Transportation Authority agreed to spend $41 million on a variety of freeway and road fixes, the final chunk of cash tied to Measure M -- the half-cent-on-the-dollar sales tax approved by voters 17 years ago.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2007 | David Reyes
Orange County transportation planners are closing a chapter on a spending measure that has led to more than $4 billion in road improvements over the last two decades. The Orange County Transportation Authority on Monday agreed to spend the final $41 million tied to Measure M. Although voters approved renewal of the sales tax measure in November, county leaders Monday treated the moment as a destination reached. -- David Reyes
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2007 | Jennifer Delson
After years of disrepair, Santa Ana's crumbling streets will get a $100-million face-lift following a vote by the Santa Ana City Council. The council Monday night unanimously approved a five-year plan that will use about $40 million in county, state and federal grants and $60 million in bonds, backed by gas tax revenues, to fund the repairs. In 2006, state voters approved a governor's infrastructure bond and Proposition 42, a sales tax on gasoline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Caltrans has chosen a construction firm to repair the southbound Newhall Pass tunnel truck lanes on Interstate 5 that were damaged in a fiery vehicle pile-up earlier this month. Security Paving Co. of Oxnard won the $11-million contract to re-slab the damaged lanes and repair concrete barriers and metal guardrails. Work will begin immediately, according to a state Department of Transportation announcement Monday. The company may earn up to a $2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
Officials on Friday christened the end of a decade-long effort to improve the notorious 405-101 Freeway interchange, but they still have a way to go on a far more ambitious widening of the traffic-choked San Diego Freeway. Earlier this year, Caltrans finally secured nearly $1 billion to widen the 405 Freeway through the Westside and Sepulveda Pass, but the proposal that adds the most lanes has met with strong opposition from residents as well as the Getty Center.
NATIONAL
September 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Senate approved $1 billion to speed repair and replacement of America's crumbling bridges as debate began on a $104.6-billion measure funding transportation and housing programs for the budget year beginning Oct. 1. However, the overall bill faces a veto threat from President Bush for exceeding his request by $4.4 billion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Traffic flowed in both directions on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge 11 hours ahead of schedule, as construction crews wrapped up repairs Monday evening. The bridge reopened to traffic at 6 p.m., instead of at 5 a.m. today, as originally scheduled. It was termed "a tremendous achievement" by transportation officials. Over three days, workers tore out an old 350-foot section and replaced it with a 6,500-ton retrofitted section.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
The southbound lanes of a major route to Laguna Beach were reopened Saturday, about 24 hours after a 70-foot oak fell onto several power lines, causing the road to be shut down. Laguna Canyon Road was reopened to traffic heading toward the ocean, authorities said, though lanes going the other direction were expected to remain closed until sometime today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The southbound lanes of a major route to Laguna Beach were reopened Saturday, about 24 hours after a 70-foot oak tree fell onto several power lines, causing the road to be shut down. Laguna Canyon Road was reopened to traffic moving toward the ocean, authorities said, though lanes going the other direction were expected to remain closed until sometime today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- Despite new assurances that California's bridges are safe, some elected officials said Wednesday that they were worried the structures had not been given the thorough and frank appraisal or repairs needed. "We have not done in this state a thorough enough job in making sure our bridges are structurally safe," state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez said at a hearing called by U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. "If they are not structurally safe, we need to be honest about that."
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