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71 Freeway Upgrade (Pomona) Likely to start in mid-2020

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sparker:
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Since none of the homes on the west side actually fronted on CA 71 but rather on either parallel or intersecting streets -- and those nearest the 71 ROW may be acquired for the construction -- the normal CA idiom for newer tracts being somewhat isolated from arterial routes would be maintained by turning the existing access points into cul-de-sacs.  Installing a frontage road behind the remaining housing wouldn't provide much of a benefit to the residents in the immediate area -- so it was likely eliminated from the mix.  Perceived security has long been a selling point for housing tracts in CA; quick access from adjacent freeways, while useful with regards to commuting, is often seen as undermining that aspect of property desirabillity.  A cynical view of this might project that the property values west of 71 might actually increase once the project is completed and access to the housing is limited to the streets north and south of that stretch of upgraded freeway. 

fungus:
In the case of Pomona, this is definitely the case as Phillips Ranch has never had much of a connection with "old" Pomona on the east side of the 71. The communities east of the 71 have been perceived to have much higher crime, and a bridge north of the Rio Rancho bridge would just enable those residents to easier access Phillips Ranch, not to mention costly and require property takes. I do notice the Rio Rancho bridge and interchange becoming more congested than in the past, although a lot has to do with the new development that has sprung up at that point, despite Pomona's tax rate being 2.5% higher than San Bernardino County's.

fungus:
The right in right outs on the west side of SR-71 have been closed and construction is under way, although about a year behind schedule. Streetsblog, for all its slant, has interviewed some of the people who haven't moved out yet from the freeway's path and has some construction photos here: https://la.streetsblog.org/2021/07/13/pomona-families-holding-out-against-caltrans-metro-home-demolitions-for-71-widening/

sparker:

--- Quote from: fungus on July 19, 2021, 04:20:50 AM ---The right in right outs on the west side of SR-71 have been closed and construction is under way, although about a year behind schedule. Streetsblog, for all its slant, has interviewed some of the people who haven't moved out yet from the freeway's path and has some construction photos here: https://la.streetsblog.org/2021/07/13/pomona-families-holding-out-against-caltrans-metro-home-demolitions-for-71-widening/

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Obviously the job is underway and not stoppable at this point (any potential court orders notwithstanding), but if D7's eminent domain tactics are as nasty and condescending as the blog (decidedly critical of the project) infers, an inquiry -- hopefully by an independent body -- would be appropriate.  OTOH, the project has been in the works for over a decade, and the individual private property owners should have received that information and the legal ramifications thereof over a decade ago.  If D7 failed to do so with a multilingual effort and/or "bait and switch" tactics when compensating for relocation needs, then they should be taken to task -- but otherwise the onus is equally parsed out to Caltrans and the residents.  Of course, there will be sociopolitically-motivated questioning of the freeway project itself, but that is to be expected in today's environment.  Seeing that it will be the last D7 project south of the San Gabriel Mountains that doesn't entail modification of existing freeway facilities in the foreseeable future, absorbing such criticism, although a thankless task, won't be a never-ending process; once 71 is up and running, and the residents appropriately relocated, it'll be just another regional freeway.   

Occidental Tourist:
What is described has always been D7ís M.O.  I know attorneys who work at D7 and the culture there that theyíve been inculcated into is that plaintiffs in eminent domain and negligent design cases are all greedy bastards being led around by ambulance-chasing attorneys.  Probably true some of the time, but not all of the time.  The story of the murder-suicide is awful, but D7 harassing the hell out of recalcitrant homeowners is unfortunately not unusual.

That being said, if you bought a house anytime within the last 10 years on the edge of that neihborhood, I donít have much sympathy for you other than for whatever valuation shenanigans D7 might have been doing.  The widening of the 71 has been public record for awhile.

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