IRVINE, Calif. - November 8, 2016
The Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) and the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are studying the construction of a proposed median-to-median tolled Express Connector directly linking the 241 Toll Road with the 91 Express Lanes near the Orange County and Riverside County border. A Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report / Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared and is available for public review and comment through Jan. 9, 2017.
During peak commute times, more than 40,000 daily drivers travel between Orange County and the Inland Empire and there is currently no direct connection between the 241 Toll Road and the 91 Express Lanes. The new 241/91 Tolled Express Connector would offer an alternative to the existing general purpose connector, which requires traveling across five general purpose lanes on State Route 91 (SR-91) to reach the current carpool lanes and future extension of the 91 Express Lanes scheduled to open in mid-to-late 2017 in Riverside County.
The proposed 241/91 Tolled Express Connector is expected to reduce traffic congestion on the SR-91 general purpose lanes, improve traffic flow and enhance safety by reducing weaving across multiple non-tolled lanes and by providing a direct connection between the 241 Toll Road and the 91 Express Lanes, and help achieve regional goals of reducing emissions by improving movement in congested areas along the 241 Toll Road and SR-91.
TCA and Caltrans welcome the public’s comments at this time. Members of the public can review the environmental document through Jan. 9, 2017 by visiting thetollroads.com/241-91Connector and can submit comments by:
The public is invited to an open house style public meeting to learn about the proposed project as well as to provide comments about improving regional mobility for drivers who travel between Orange and Riverside Counties.
The meeting will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the East Anaheim Community Center located at 8201 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road, Anaheim. For those unable to attend the meeting in person, a pre-recorded virtual public meeting will be available for viewing at thetollroads.com/241-91connector.
While early in the process, the public is encouraged to become familiar with the project and provide input, which is essential to ensuring a successful outcome. The project’s environmental phase is expected to be completed in late 2017, if approved, construction would begin in mid-2018.
The Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) are two joint powers authorities formed by the California legislature in 1986 to plan, finance, construct and operate Orange County’s 67-mile public toll road system. Fifty-one miles of the system are complete, including the 73, 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads. TCA continues to meet the region’s growing need for congestion-free transportation alternatives.