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State funds for freeway work fall short

first_imgJustifying the commission’s recommendations, the report stated the estimated construction date of the San Gabriel Valley projects – 2011 – was relatively late compared to other candidate projects. But the work on the 605-10 interchange is 20 years overdue, and congestion there is leading to increased traffic and pedestrian accidents on Baldwin Park’s streets, Councilwoman Marlen Garcia said. An average of 438,000 vehicles use the 605/10 interchange daily, making it the 19th busiest in the state, according to Caltrans statistics. “Our fight is not going to stop, and we will continue to lobby and meet with the people we need to meet to get this funded,” said Garcia, who leads an interchange task force composed of at least eight cities along the 10 corridor. “The traffic is not going to go away.” She said she will join Mayor Manuel Lozano and council members Anthony Bejarano and Ricardo Pacheco on a lobbying trip to Sacramento on Tuesday to ask the Transportation Commission to reinstate funding for the project. “If not, we want them to assure us that this project will be funded in the near future,” she said. “But for us, even the near future is too far away.” fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An upgrade to the congested San Bernardino (10) and San Gabriel River (605) freeway interchange will not receive funding until at least 2008, according to a draft report released Friday by the agency tasked with allocating state transportation money. Staffers for the California Transportation Commission are recommending approval of less than a quarter of the total $435.5 million in freeway improvements being sought for the San Gabriel Valley. Among the projects being rejected for funding are a $70.5 million flyover connector between the southbound 605 and the eastbound 10 and a $191.5 million extension of the 10 Freeway carpool lane between Citrus Avenue in West Covina and the Orange (57) Freeway. The first phase of the carpool-lane extension, from Puente Avenue in Baldwin Park to Citrus, will get a little more than half of the $173.5 million total cost of the project, according to the report. The report also left open the possibility that the second phase could be funded in 2008. The report’s recommendations, which will be debated by the commission on Tuesday, will be used as a basis to allocate a total of $2.8 billion for statewide freeway projects, part of the $20 billion transportation bond approved by California voters last November. Local officials said Friday the state’s recommendations shortchange not just the San Gabriel Valley but all of Los Angeles County, the most populous in the state. “There’s not much good news there,” said Duarte Councilman John Fasana, chairman of the transportation committee of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, a local municipal lobbying group. A COG analysis of the state’s funding recommendations shows Los Angeles County received 11.8 percent of the total freeway funds available, despite comprising nearly 28 percent of the state’s population. Orange County, with 8.3 percent of the population, got 13 percent of the funding. Fasana noted that even Los Angeles’ politically powerful Westside came out on the losing end of the recommendations, with the state rejecting a bid for $730 million to add an extra carpool lane on the busy San Diego (405) Freeway between the 10 and the Ventura (101) Freeway. “Even the projects they recommend are only partially funded, leaving significant shortfalls,” Fasana said. last_img read more

Man United signing? Ex-City star with more interceptions than any United player

first_imgWith the creative personnel on show at Old Trafford, these two strengths would allow the likes of Ander Herrera, Ángel Di María and Wayne Rooney, among others, to exert themselves further forward, safe in the knowledge that De Jong is covering for the more offensive performers. With Manchester United reportedly interested in a move for a former Manchester City star, football statistics experts WhoScored.com analyse the merits of Nigel de Jong, For more Manchester United stats, make sure you check out WhoScored’s Man United page.Manchester United’s 2-1 loss at Swansea City was only their second in their last 20 competitive fixtures. However, defeat at the Liberty Stadium, coupled with results elsewhere, blew the race for a top four finish wide open. Now only four points separate Arsenal in third and north London rivals Spurs in seventh. United’s ability to grind out results, though, means they remain one of the favourites to secure a Champions League berth next season. Perhaps De Jong’s best asset is his reading of the game having developed a WhoScored.com strength of ‘ball interception’. Only two players are averaging more interceptions per game in Serie A this season than De Jong (3.7), a return that is better than every United player. His ability to effectively shield the defence not only allows those ahead of him to press forward, but it means the 30-year-old is capable of instigating attacks once he wins the ball back for his side. An average of 2.3 tackles per Serie A match also indicates how he does not shirk from the physical battle on the pitch. Having previously worked under Van Gaal, the United boss knows exactly what he would be getting with De Jong. The battling Netherlands international has continuously excelled in an underwhelming Milan side and few would begrudge him a move to a team that harbours Champions League aspirations. The tough tackling midfielder’s contract expires in the summer and he has shown no indication that he is willing to extend his stay at San Siro beyond the end of the season. Available on a free, United would be foolish not to take up the opportunity to sign the Premier League experienced Dutchman this summer if he is, as reported, keen to make the move. De Jong spent three-and-a-half seasons with City before signing for Milan in 2012 and his tenacity and energy in the middle of the park would improve this dour United side. Could AC Milan’s Nigel de Jong be Man United-bound? center_img 1 With one eye on a possible return to Europe’s elite competition, Louis van Gaal’s side have supposedly begun to prepare for the upcoming campaign already. Reports in Italy suggest United have agreed personal terms with Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong. The former Manchester City ace, who worked under Van Gaal at the 2014 World Cup, has impressed for Milan this season. Only Jérémy Menez (7.27) has gained a better WhoScored.com rating than De Jong (7.22) of all Rossoneri players to register at least 300 minutes of Serie A action this term. Averaging more passes per league game (60.4) than any other current Milan player with an impressive success rate (89.4 per cent) clearly highlights how effective a holding midfielder De Jong is. The player shielding the backline is required to not only win the ball for his side, but recycle possession efficiently, which De Jong does to a very high standard.  Considering he is available on a free in the summer, and with no confirmation over whether United are prepared to extend Michael Carrick’s stay at Old Trafford, the club would be wise to seal an agreement with De Jong ahead of the end of the season.You can follow all the scores, statistics and live player and team ratings with the new free-to-download WhoScored iOS applast_img read more