Monday, March 12, 2012

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.

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.

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.

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Anonymous Great news! said...

Truly fantastic news. Thank you for reporting on this, Geoff!

3/12/2012 12:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Ditch the Bridge said...

This is great to hear, about time that damn thing is removed for good.

3/12/2012 01:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Max said...

That is great news! Most of the project is considered illegal. The Coastal Commission has said they can't build roads in endangered and sensitive habitat. If Shell Oil and ExxonMobil can't build a road, that land is pretty much worthless. It's highest and best use will be as the West Side's Back Bay or nature preserve. Great news for people that want less cut through traffic and easier access to the beach once Banning Ranch is open to the public. This could make home values much higher just as the fight to preserve the Back Bay has made East Side a much nicer place to live.

3/12/2012 02:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geoff -- Great Work!
We are all glad you finally got this taken care of.
Now, you must get OCTA to update the masterplan to eliminate Ridge Road. It is really the road that will actually facilitate the development of Banning Ranch. It connects the PCH to our Victoria Street at the Santa Ana River bridge.

3/12/2012 03:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for shining a light on the old boys' political club that is trying to ravage Costa Mesa. Diane

3/15/2012 04:05:00 PM  

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