LA County To Start Construction On First New Freeway In Over 25 Years

posted by Jesse Lozano - 

History is being made with the creation of a new freeway in L.A. county. The proposed project attempts to link L.A. county (via Palmdale and Lancaster) to the San Bernandino county cities of Apple Valley and Adelanto. This marks the first new freeway in SoCal since the completion of the 105 "Century" freeway in 1993. 


The new 63-mile freeway is projected to reduced some traffic on the 210, 10, and 60 freeways, so you might be able to push the snooze button one more time in the morning. The projected has been funded by legislation Measure M, which raised $274 million to build projects like this "High Desert Corridor" over the next 40 years.  

While this project seems like an overwhelmingly good deal, some critics have worried about the environmental impact this new freeway would have. Parts of the Mojave Desert are within the path of the proposed freeway and its ecosystem will likely be affect by its presence. On top of that, air pollution is another troublesome phenomenon for people within these areas. 

California's Department of Transportation plans to set this plan in motion this June with the purchase of the required land. With this and the recent approval of the environmental impact report, SoCal residents should plan to see the construction of the "High Desert Corridor" over the next few years. 

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