From his newsletter today, 2nd District Supervisor John Moorlach opines:
I am thankful that the CEO of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) will be recommending a deferral of imposing toll lanes on the San Diego 405 Freeway at Monday’s OCTA Regional Planning and Highways Committee meeting. I’m thankful that OCTA is moving forward on its Measure M commitment to build one new lane in each direction. I’m just mystified that OCTA leadership was willing to add two lanes to the existing five lanes (one carpool and four general purpose) for toll (managed) lanes, but is unwilling to recommend two lanes sans the toll lane alternative. If some fourteen bridges are widened to accommodate four new lanes, but only two are paved, it strikes me as poor stewardship. It is also extremely inconsiderate to those who live alongside or nearby the freeway, as construction activities are a disruption. So why consider adding the other two lanes later and create another inconvenience to these constituents? I would recommend that OCTA get the four lanes (modified for the Seal Beach North sound wall) built at the same time. Especially if you believe construction costs are rising. The OC Register covered the story as the lead topic of their Thanksgiving edition’s second front-page headline and is the first piece below.
The link above also goes to the Register piece.
We absolutely concur with his reasoning. NO TOLL LANES!
1st District Supervisor Janet Nguyen has reportedly come out against the toll lanes, but not in a publication or blog that anyone reads, and not nearly as vociferously as Moorlach (a potential Congressional candidate) has — presumably her funders might include engineers and contractors who would benefit from the massive construction costs and the OCTA’s inability to efficiently manage such large projects (recall, they were $50 million over budget in widening the 22 a few years ago) and build useless ones. The proposed 405 work touches her District in the gerrymandered portion of north Fountain Valley and Westminster.