Quote of the Day - Outside of traffic, there is nothing that has held this country back as much as committees.
Orange County at least once went bankrupt, and Leno accused us of seeking "brunch aid" from the federal government since this county is one of the most affluent in the country. Well, it appears that scrapping for money isn't over yet.
Several municipal water districts here and in Riverside County have formed the Riverside Orange Corridor Authority to study the idea of constructing a tunnel between Riverside County and Orange County under the Santa Ana Mountains. Right now, there are really only two ways in and out of Orange County from Riverside County. State Highways 91 and 74. The latter is a narrow, winding, two-lane road frequented by motorcyclists for its "twisties" - sharp turns in the mountains. The former is commonly known as a parking lot during rush hour.
The tunnel has long been a pipe dream, but last year it got $16 million dollars closer. That's how much it takes to study whether the tunnel is a good idea. Well, they can just write that check to me. I'll be happy to tell them it's a good idea, and just for free, I'd add in the advice that a better expenditure of the money would be to start digging rather than have sixteen guys with orange vests leaning on shovels and six trucks with lights flashing to "think about" working.
Realistically, though, I suspect the money will be well-spent trying to determine where to build the tunnel, which cities will be the entry/exit point, and what else will run through the tunnel, such as telephone, water, electricity, trains and presumably cars and trucks to lessen the burden on our already overburdened freeways.
Whether you think it's a good idea or not, we're one step closer to a tunnel that will likely be a $25 billion, 25-year event. The parking lot will stay that way for a long time to come.