19th Street Bridge Gone Forever!
Termed-out Huntington Beach Mayor Don Hansen, in one of his last official acts as a member of the Huntington Beach City Council, sent out an email blast to announce that today the full board of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) voted UNANIMOUSLY to remove the controversial 19th Street Bridge over the Santa Ana River from Costa Mesa to Huntington Beach from the Master Plan of Arterial Highways permanently. This battle has gone on for decades and it's good to see it finally resolved.
WESTSIDE DEVELOPMENT IMPACT?
There are some in the community who feel that bridge might have been the key to commercial development along the 19th Street corridor, and that its elimination will only make it more difficult to implement some of the plans that have been in place for years. We'll see.
WHAT ABOUT THE BANNING RANCH?
Unknown is the impact the elimination of the bridge will have on the white-hot Banning Ranch development issue. Some felt that the bridge was necessary for that development to succeed.
So, scratch off the 19th Street Bridge from your "To Do" list. Onward and upward.
The text of Don Hansen's email announcement is below: