The 241 Toll Road: A Traffic Solution for South Orange County
Since 1981, State Route 241 has been on Orange County's Master Plan of Arterial Highways to plan for future growth in South Orange County, alleviate traffic congestion on Interstate 5 (I-5) and provide traffic redundancy in the area in case of emergency.
In 2008 the California Coastal Commission denied a key permit for this project and since then TCA has been reaching out to stakeholders to determine if a consensus can be reached on a viable alternative to address the mobility challenge that South Orange County faces.
Traffic on I-5 in South Orange County is congested now -- especially on weekends -- and is anticipated to get worse. And because there is currently no major alternative route to I-5, whenever traffic is severely congested due to weekend or holiday traffic or if there is an incident or construction on I-5, traffic spills onto the local streets of San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano and completely clogs the local roadways of these cities as drivers try to find another way around the gridlock.
Twenty-four million people live in Southern California today. That number will be more than 30 million by 2050, resulting in a 60 percent increase in traffic on I-5 in South Orange County and making I-5 in this area similar to the clogged 91 freeway.
TCA's primary goals of enhancing mobility and providing congestion-free transportation never overshadow its steadfast commitment to environmental conservation, restoration and appreciation. TCA's extensive environmental programs developed with construction of the 73, 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads represent the most progressive approaches in habitat conservation, revegetation and management; scientific study and planning; endangered species protection; and greenhouse gas reduction. Click here to learn more about TCA's environmental programs and restoration sites.
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