241/91 Express Connector Project

The Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA), in coordination with Caltrans, is proposing to add a direct connector linking the northbound 241 Toll Road to the eastbound 91 Express Lanes and the westbound 91 Express Lanes to the southbound 241 Toll Road. The direct, median-to-median tolled connector would reduce traffic congestion in both directions, enhance safety by reducing weaving across lanes and improve access to toll lanes in Orange and Riverside Counties. Sign up here to stay informed of project updates.


241/91 Express Connector Project

Project Overview

There is currently no direct connection between the 241 Toll Road and the 91 Express Lanes. The new 241/91 Express Connector would offer an alternative to the existing connector, which requires travel across five lanes to reach the current carpool lanes and extension of the 91 Express Lanes that are scheduled to open in 2017 in Riverside County.

Project Benefits:

  • Reduces traffic congestion on the 91 general purpose lanes due to greater efficiency of the toll lanes
  • Improves traffic flow and operations by reducing weaving across multiple non-tolled lanes and by providing a direct connection between the 241 Toll Road and the 91 Express Lanes
  • Improves capacity between the 241 and 91 tolled systems
  • Helps achieve the regional goals of reducing emissions from transportation sources by improving movement in congested areas along the 241 and 91

Environmental Document & Virtual Hearing 

EIRThe Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (SEIR/SEIS) is available to the public on the Caltrans project website.

The public comment period for the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement was held from November 7, 2016 to January 9, 2017.  An open-house style public meeting took place on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at the East Anaheim Community Center; you may view information materials from this meeting below. Representatives from TCA, Caltrans and technical transportation planners were available to answer questions and address comments.

View the Virtual Hearing Exhibits

As the lead agency, Caltrans prepared a SEIR/SEIS for the project. The environmental review process is mandated by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  The purpose of the environmental report is to identify the project’s potential environmental impacts, and to develop measures to avoid, minimize and/or mitigate impacts. The original EIR/EIS was prepared in 1994, but due to changes within the 91 Corridor, a Supplemental EIR/EIS was prepared and has analyzed the following two alternatives:

  1. No build option
  2. Build a tolled median-to-media direct connector linking the northbound 241 Toll Road to the eastbound 91 Express Lanes and the westbound 91 Express Lanes to the southbound 241 Toll Road. Additionally, this option would widen the Gypsum Canyon Road undercrossing and construct retaining walls at specific locations.

Twenty-five technical studies – with topics ranging from noise to traffic to water quality to wildlife – have been completed and are summarized in the Draft SEIR/EIS. The project team, consisting of members from Caltrans and TCA, has identified Alternative 2, which meets the purpose and need for travel through this region, as the preferred alternative.


Public Comment Period

The 60-day public comment period for the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement closed on January 9, 2017. The Project Development Team is reviewing and evaluating all comments received. Responses to these comments will be included in the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD). The FEIS/ROD will be posted to the Caltrans project website: http://www.dot.ca.gov/d12 and to the TCA project website: www.thetollroads.com/241-91Connector in approximately December 2017.

Please note, although the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement can still be found on both the Caltrans and the TCA websites, comments are no longer being formally accepted.


Anticipated Project Schedule

Schedule

 


Quick Facts:

  • The project is currently in the environmental phase, with completion of final design anticipated in early-2018
  • If approved, construction could begin in late-2018
  • Construction will take approximately two years. Construction will create 2,250 jobs
  • The connector will have an additional toll
  • The project's estimated cost is $180 million ($130 million for construction)
  • Potential funding and financing sources for the project include: toll revenue bonds, revenue from existing toll roads, and federal, state and local contributions

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