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November 22, 1998 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
Victoria Avenue will be reduced from three lanes to two lanes in each direction under the Ventura Freeway during a two-month construction project that starts Monday, city road workers said. Signs will notify drivers, but severe congestion is expected in both directions. Officials are asking motorists to avoid the interchange unless visiting a business in the area.
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March 15, 2009
Re "As we slowly disappear," Postcards from the recession, Opinion, March 8 Susan Straight's dark vision of Riverside is not mine. On fine days, I walk my dogs around the tree-lined, broad streets of the working-class neighborhood where I have lived for more than 50 years. The houses are small, well-kept. Two on my street are "repos," but thanks to the combined efforts of the mayor and real estate agents, both are well-tended. The pools are drained and cleaned. There is no trash. City services are efficient and regular.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1992 | JANE HULSE
County and Oxnard city officials dedicated a bridge Friday over the Santa Clara River, but the total road-widening project on Victoria Avenue will not be finished until July. "This is the busiest two-lane road in Ventura County," Supervisor John Flynn said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the bridge near Oxnard. The $4.2-million project widens an existing bridge and roadway to four lanes between Olivas Park Drive and Gonzales Road, a stretch of 1.8 miles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2004 | Regine Labossiere, Times Staff Writer
Victoria Avenue once looked as regal as the British queen it was named for. The 10-mile boulevard used to link the new and growing city of Riverside to the nearby orange groves that were fast becoming the symbol of sunny and exotic Southern California in the early 1900s. "The avenue," as locals call it, seems made for leisurely afternoon drives. Early in the century, corseted women and handsomely dressed men rode down the boulevard in horse-drawn carriages.
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January 29, 2000 | CATHERINE BLAKE
Two lanes in each direction on Victoria Avenue will be closed Monday and Tuesday for repaving between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Two lanes in each direction will also stay open. The repaving is part of the final stages of the Ventura Freeway and Victoria Avenue interchange project that began in April 1998 and should be completed in February. The $12.5-million project includes two new bridges, widening Victoria Avenue and Valentine Road, and the addition of southbound onramps and offramps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1997 | HILARY MACGREGOR
A Woodland Hills developer is proposing to build a 218,000-square-foot shopping center on the last large undeveloped plot of land along busy Victoria Avenue. But the head of Ventura's Planning Commission said he will be looking for more than another strip mall on the prime piece of real estate that has been vacant for years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1993 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dear Street Smart: My primary complaint is the design of the Victoria Avenue interchange from the northbound Ventura Freeway in Ventura. As I exit the freeway, I get in the far left lane to turn south onto Victoria. In the lane to my right, you can also turn left. As you make the turn, a third lane appears on the left for cars that are trying to turn onto the southbound freeway. If I am not very careful, I am forced into this left-turn pocket, which would put me back on the freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1990 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Jim Salzer opened his record store near the intersection of Valentine Road and Victoria Avenue in Ventura in 1972, there wasn't much traffic--or anything else--in the vicinity. "It was very quiet and sedate," he said. "There was very little going on here. People criticized me for building my store in the middle of nowhere. In five years, all of that changed." In 1976, Salzer lost his curbside parking when Valentine Road was widened to include a left-turn lane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1993 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As passing motorists honked horns to show respect for an Oxnard police officer who died protecting the public, Jim Palkie stood silently in front of a makeshift memorial on the side of a busy Ventura street. A retired lieutenant colonel in the U. S. Navy, Palkie said he felt compelled to pay his respects to a man he had never met, slain Officer James E. O'Brien, who was shot and killed Thursday by a man on a killing rampage.
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February 17, 2003 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Mark Cagnacci wasn't even supposed to be on Victoria Avenue that morning. The 37-year-old insurance agent was on his way to a business meeting at an Oxnard hotel -- the wrong one, he later found out -- when he came upon the fiery car wreck that killed two children and injured three adults. Cagnacci's attempt to save one of the children, 7-month-old Jacqueline Lopez, proved futile. But the nightmare experience spurred him to action.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2003 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Mark Cagnacci wasn't even supposed to be on Victoria Avenue that morning. The 37-year-old insurance agent was on his way to a business meeting at an Oxnard hotel -- the wrong one, he later found out -- when he came upon the fiery car wreck that killed two children and injured three adults. Cagnacci's attempt to save one of the children, 7-month-old Jacqueline Lopez, proved futile. But the nightmare experience spurred him to action.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A 12-year-old Palmdale girl who was killed in an Oxnard car crash last week has been identified as Brenda Nummelin, coroner's officials said. The crash occurred about 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of 5th Street and Victoria Avenue. The collision between a Geo Metro and a pickup truck blocked the intersection for several hours, tying up traffic in all directions. Nummelin was a passenger in the car, officials said. An investigation into the cause of the crash is continuing.
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January 29, 2000 | CATHERINE BLAKE
Two lanes in each direction on Victoria Avenue will be closed Monday and Tuesday for repaving between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Two lanes in each direction will also stay open. The repaving is part of the final stages of the Ventura Freeway and Victoria Avenue interchange project that began in April 1998 and should be completed in February. The $12.5-million project includes two new bridges, widening Victoria Avenue and Valentine Road, and the addition of southbound onramps and offramps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1999 | CATHERINE BLAKE
A section of the northbound Ventura Freeway between the Johnson Drive and Victoria Avenue exits will be closed from midnight to 5 a.m. on Thursday and Friday mornings to accommodate work on the Victoria Avenue interchange project. Traffic will be diverted onto surface streets via Johnson Drive and then back onto the Ventura Freeway at Victoria Avenue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1999 | PAMELA J. JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After two recent fatalities on a dangerous stretch of Victoria Avenue near Oxnard, county officials are moving quickly to extend a roadway improvement project they began months ago. At the urging of California Highway Patrol officials, the county may spend $20,000 more to pave over the dirt and gravel median where Leticia Camarillo, 28, lost control of her Honda Accord and skidded into oncoming traffic last weekend. She and her daughter, Veronica, 7, were killed in the accident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1999 | PAULA PISANI
The job isn't over yet, but completion of the first phase of the Victoria Avenue intersection with the Ventura Freeway was celebrated Wednesday in a way most commuters could appreciate--extra lanes were opened to motorists. Traffic on Victoria has been hampered since the $12.5-million transportation project began in April. When finished in November, the interchange will have two new bridges, and both Victoria and Valentine Road will be widened.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1996 | JEFF McDONALD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After years of delays because of a lack of money, transportation officials finally are drawing up long-sought improvements to one of the most-used intersections in town. Real estate appraisers are now evaluating several parcels of land off Valentine Road, as traffic engineers plot $12 million in road improvements to the junction of Victoria Avenue and the Ventura Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1998 | NANCY FORREST
Traffic jams ruled the day Monday as construction crews moved forward with one of the most anticipated roadway projects in the city: the new Victoria Avenue-Ventura Freeway interchange. Drivers leaned out of car doors to see what was holding up traffic, befuddled by detours and difficulty navigating the streets around the project, which includes a reconfigured Valentine Road west of Victoria Avenue.
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