Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Not My ToLL Road

More car infrastructure from those who know what mobility option is best for you, the TCA TOLL ROAD through San Clemente and beyond.

TCA = Transportation Corridor Agencies

Excellent Website:   www.NotMyTollRoad.com

TCA Monthly Meeting 
Thursday, February 8 at 9:30 am – 1:30 pm 
125 Pacifica, Irvine, California 92618

Many people don’t know that if the Toll Road connects to the 5 freeway the TCA plans to extend managed toll lanes South to the San Diego County adding 2 more lanes to each side of the 5 freeway south to the county line destroying even more of San Clemente. Let’s not allow this agency run amok destroy South Orange County for special interests and lobbyists, the only ones to benefit.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

OC Caltrans Projects I-405 I-5 SR-22 SR-55 SR-57

Starts Friday 26 January 2018

I-405 "Improvements"
Orange County Projects:

Location: I-405 from I-605 near the LA County line to SR-73 in Costa Mesa (16 miles)
Construction period: 2018-2023
Total project cost: $1.9 billion

Location: I-5 Widening Project from El Toro Road, south to SR-73
Construction period: 2019-2023
Total project cost: Approximately $550 million

Location: SR-55 Widening Project
Construction period: 2021 – 2025
Total project cost: Approximately $410 million

Location: I-5 South County Improvement Project (Avenida Pico to San Juan Creek Road)
Construction period: 2014-2018
Total project cost: $230 million

Location: I-5 (SR-57 to SR-55)
Construction period: 2018-2020
Total project cost: $40 million

Location: SR-22 (Eastbound Route 22 from Harbor Boulevard to northbound 5/57 Interchange.)
Construction period: Late 2018
Total project cost: $10 M

All projects total cost: $15,000,000,000

Expect more of the same with results like this:
Rush-hour Traffic Alerts

How about a Metro extension instead? 

See The Daily Bulletin for details here.             -LS

Friday, December 15, 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Temple Hills Sidewalk Update

At 5:00pm on April 16 2015 the Laguna Beach Public Works Department held a public workshop to disclose plans and to take public input for a sidewalk construction project from Dunning to Palm on Temple Hills Drive. A summary of public input and design Alternatives A-D were posted previously. The latest plans available were released May 2 2017 available from the city website. The roadway section proposed for Temple Hills Drive is shown below.



The proposed design ignores public concerns expressed in the public workshop, the design remains non-compliant with  Complete Streets Policy mandates.  

UPDATE:   Here is a protected sidewalk used in Seattle costing 1/3 that of conventional sidewalks.                   -LS 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Trend in LB Traffic Collision Safety Rankings

For the latest data available (2014) these are the highway safety rankings determined from traffic collisions resulting in  injury and fatalities for Laguna Beach and its neighbor Dana Point (ranking system explained previously here).  Notice that Laguna ranks far worse than Dana Point despite being neighbors and South Coast Highway common to both.  From the California Office of Traffic Safety.

The next charts compare the contributors to traffic collisions for Dana Point and Laguna Beach, Laguna again ranks worse than Dana Point.

These charts show collision safety rankings and subsequent arrest when alcohol is involved, comparing Dana Point to Laguna Beach (updated).

These charts determine that:
  • Laguna's safety ranking is worse than Dana Point in all categories.
  • Laguna remains near the bottom in highway safety rankings for similar Cal cities.
  • The trend in Laguna's safety ranking is not improving since 2009
  • The trend in Dana Point safety ranking is declining since 2009 
  • Alcohol is a major contributor to fatality and injury related collisions.
  • High vehicle speed is a major contributor to fatality and injury related collisions. 
  • Driver impairment by any means leads to a decline in roadway safety.
  • January 1 recreational pot (Kif Kat edibles) will be legal in California. 
How about a hands-free Kush Cake Pop, sure thing for California roads.