Traffic Mitigation

Pam Spoo

The City of Long Beach just received $13M from OCTD and Caltrans to mitigate increased traffic in the city. Improvement (widening) of the 405 stops at the OC/Long Beach border, which will create a bottleneck and encourage drivers to exit the freeway and use surface streets. So, the city is going to use these funds to improve some of our streets (Willow, Los Coyotes Diagonal, etc) anticipating increased traffic.

City hall is crowing with excitement at receiving this gift/settlement when they should be concerned that they are going to turn neighborhood streets into major thoroughfares. Between the new boulevards and proposed housing density, our quiet neighborhoods will be forever changed. Getting in, out and around the city at particular times of the day is already a nightmare. I can’t even imagine what lies ahead.



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