OCTA Board Kills 19th Street Bridge
Sean Greene reports in the OC Register, HERE, that the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors voted to remove the controversial 19th Street Bridge between Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach from the Master Plan of Arterial Highways at their meeting this morning. This initiative was put forth by Huntington Beach Mayor Don Hansen. Greene's brief report will be updated with more details soon.
GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS
This is wonderful news for those in both communities who have resisted a bridge for decades, and not very good news for our neighbors in Newport Beach. They have consistently tried to have the bridge remain on the MPAH, citing the need to mitigate traffic on Pacific Coast Highway as a reason.
A STAKE IN THE HEART?
It will be interesting to see how this decision affects the planned Banning Ranch Development. Some observers have assumed that the 19th Street Bridge was critical to that development. I guess we'll soon see.