241/91 EXPRESS CONNECTOR
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 recently completed the environmental phase, with completion of the final design anticipated in 2017. If approved, construction could begin in late 2017.
AA has developed a comprehensive outreach program that will be implemented across all four project phases. For the first phase, AA directed the Agency through their first environmental public review period in over ten years. A variety of approaches were used including hosting a traditional public hearing attended in- person by residents, business owners and elected officials. In conjunction with this hearing, AA provided a virtual public hearing that was viewed over 1,700 times. AA ha also supported the design of a project website that to date, has received over 5,400 visitors. Through a variety of social media avenues including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, AA has reached over 17,770 stakeholders. Additionally, an electronic notification campaign was employed that touched 27,600 recipients and garnered an open rate 12% above the industry average.