State officials are planning a $217 million highway program to fix truck bottleneck routes in Los Angeles and throughout the rest of California. The funding will come from the $420 million State Route 57/60 project. Construction is planned to start two years earlier than scheduled in 2022. 

The proposed grant award is part of the 2020 Trade Corridor Enhancement Program, which will provide $1.359 billion total over three years to 28 highway, freight rail, and port and border crossing projects statewide.

Pomona mayor Tim Sandoval, who chairs the Capital Projects and Construction Committee of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, was quoted saying: “The SR 57/60 project is a priority for the San Gabriel Valley, and we truly appreciate the state funding award recommendation.”

“The highway capacity improvements will help unclog this grinding daily traffic bottleneck for truckers and commuters alike,” he added.

According to SGVCG officials, the 57 and 60 freeways are among the most heavily traveled freight highway corridors in the country. The 2.5-mile confluence of the two highways ranks as the worst bottleneck for truck delays in California and the ninth-worst in the nation, according to the American Transportation Research Institute.

Moreover, due to lane drops and hazardous weaving between trucks and commuters, state officials said the confluence area is the second-highest truck accident location in Southern California with truck-related accidents 50% higher than the state average, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Large trucks, 18-Wheelers, and semis are a leading cause of many traffic related deaths in the U.S. California in particular has witnessed some of the worst trucking accidents in the country and Los Angeles is the second most traffic jam prone city in North America. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2017 of the approximately 450,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks, 23% resulted in injury and 1% resulted in death.

The program will be considered for adoption at the Dec. 2-3 meetings of the California Transportation Commission. If approved as recommended, about 60% of the total $2 billion in funding would go to Southern California, reportedly. The commission received 130 applications requesting $3.7 billion, nearly double the amount available.

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Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the…

Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the law school. Upon graduation, Neama was hired by O’Melveny & Myers, the largest law firm in Los Angeles, where he represented companies such as Disney, Marriott, and the Roman Catholic Church.

But Neama wanted to help ordinary people, not corporations, so he joined the United States Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted drug and human trafficking cases along the United States-Mexico border. While working as a federal prosecutor, Neama captured and successfully prosecuted a fugitive murderer and drug kingpin who had terrorized Southern California and was featured on “America’s Most Wanted.” Neama was then appointed to be the Director of Enforcement of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, an independent watchdog that oversees and investigates the elected officials and highest level employees of the City of Los Angeles, including the Mayor and City Council. He held that position until becoming a trial lawyer for the people.

Neama has extensive trial experience. He has led teams of more than 170 attorneys in litigation against the largest companies in the world. Neama has successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict as lead trial counsel, and has argued before both state and federal appeals courts. Over the course of his career, Neama has handled thousands of cases as attorney of record and has helped his clients obtain more than $1 billion in settlements and judgments.