Well, not in my book.
According to CalTrans, the particular section of road is just a bit to curvilinear
The project area is the most curvilinear portion of SR-74. Existing non-standard roadway features include narrow lane widths, absent or narrow shoulders, and limited sight distances. Standard lane widths and the addition of shoulders would provide added maneuvering areas on the curvilinear portion of the highway.
This essentially means they think the road is too dangerous (which it really is) and they are going to do something about it (which they really should). It’s just too bad that they have decided to fix the best part of the road! Of well.
Also from CalTrans:
SR-74 was constructed in the 1930â€™s for recreational purposes, primarily to provide access to beaches in Orange County and Lake Elsinore, hot springs, camps and resorts, mountain streams, hiking, fishing and hunting within the Cleveland National Forest. At its peak summers usage in the early 1930â€™s, SR-74 carried about 200 vehicles per day. Today, with the growth of local urban centers, it carries an increasing amount of commuters and truck traffic between Orange and Riverside counties. According to 2003 Traffic Accident Surveillance and Analysis System (TASAS) data, it supports an annual average daily traffic (AADT) of 8900 vehicles per day, and traffic is expected to grow fourfold over the next twenty-five years.
Yes, I did read all 15 pages.
But wait, there is still hope! Some have decided to try and fight the system on this. They even have a website! http://www.saveortegahwy.org/. They had a meeting today, but I missed it.
For those of you in OC that enjoy running the prision road, this will affect you too, mostly because while this project is going, you won’t be able to get to it unless you drive around! ugh.