“A Freeway Runs Through It”

The OC Register is reporting tonight that Representative Gary Miller (R-Diamond Bar, but unfortunately represents the AH) introduce a $390 million dollar bill in Congress to expand the 91 freeway. I think widening the 91 is great: Double-Deck it, build a commuter rail or commuter service, heck build a tunnel while you’re at it. However, I still have one question in all of this: Will the homes and business along the 91 Freeway survive the widening project? (and will Anaheim put up an eminent domain fight?)

The short answer is possibly yes, that is if the plan calls for the shifting of the lanes over and building in the Santa Ana River bed that runs along side the freeway. $221 million dollars will be to add a lane from the 55 to the 91 E, from personal experience traffic on both at rush hour is horrendous, that will probably create a mess with the 91 Express lanes entrance and exit at the 91w/55s interchange.

Moreover, that’s another question: Why not just buy out the toll lanes to get the additional lanes? The 91 express lanes were a marvel of modern toll technology, but $5.60 at 10pm at night to use it? That’s like Sony charging $599 for the PS3 (I’m just covering two gripes at the same time). The 91 Express Lanes and the 241 will finally be connected via an interchange (Federal Public Dollars to pay for the construction of a Private Toll Road – Wasn’t this thing supposed to make money and pay for itself?)

241 to the 71 – Not a bad idea, come screaming down the hill from the eastern side of the 241 and get stuck right at the toll plaza because traffic is backed up. Fix it and that will probably save my brakes. The connector to the 71 will probably ease the traffic flow.

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