The Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA), in coordination with Caltrans, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), is proposing to add a direct connector from the State Route 241 Toll Road to 91 Freeway Express Lanes. The direct, median-to-median tolled connector would reduce traffic congestion in both directions, enhance safety by reducing weaving across the lanes and improve access to toll lanes in Orange and Riverside Counties.
241/91 Express Connector Project
TCA, in coordination with Caltrans, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) is proposing to build a direct tolled connector from the 241 Toll Road to the tolled State Route 91 Express Lanes. The direct, median-to-median tolled connector, located in Anaheim California, will allow drivers to travel north-to-east and west-to-south directly between the 241 Toll Road and the 91 Express Lanes.
There is currently no direct connection between the 241 Toll Road and the 91 Express Lanes. The new Express Connector would offer an alternative to the existing connector, which requires travel across four lanes to reach the current carpool lanes and extension of the 91 Express Lanes that are scheduled to open in 2017 in Riverside County. The Express Connector would reduce traffic congestion by offering an additional choice for drivers through the corridor, enhance safety by reducing weaving across the lanes and improve access between time-saving Express Lanes in Orange County and Riverside County.
- The project is currently in the environmental phase, with completion of final design anticipated in 2017
- If approved, construction could begin in late 2017
- 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
As the lead agency, Caltrans is preparing a Supplemental Environmental Impact Report / Environmental Impact Statement (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 is being prepared and has analyzed the following two alternatives:
- No build option
- 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.
The project team has identified Alternative 2, which meets the purpose and need for travel through this region, as the preferred alternative.
- 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
View the project’s fact sheet here.