Anaheim Bulletin (Newspaper) - September 8, 2012, Anaheim, California
DR. ROADMAPThose tall towers have a purpose
0.1 have a question regarding the toil roads, lilte the 241 and 261.1 see these rusty-brown-colored 50-foot-tall towers every so often as I travel on the toll roads.
What is their function?
- Art Nakahara, Yor-ba Linda
A. Cell towers. I happen to know the short answer because I attended the inauguration reception for the towers on Jan. 13, 2010, just 100 yards north of the Windy Ridge toll plaza off of the 241. But Lori Olin, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Corridor Agencies, which operates those toll roads, can provide the details;
“In 2009, providing enhanced cellphone coverage and service on the 241 Toll Road w^as a priority for the road's board of directors, because so many
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drivers use their hands-free devices while driving and, especially because in times of emergency, a cell phone can be a life line,” Olin says.
Cell-tower construction began in June 2009. The project was a partnership between Sprint and Mobilitie, a telecommunications infrastructure company, the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency and Caltrans.
“There are a total of four cell towers along the 241 Toll Road, from Irvine to the Riverside Freeway,” Olin continues. “Each tower reaches a height of 105 feet, but they were purposely designed to blend in with the environment and be visually appealing.”
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and Metro PCS have installed cell equipment on these towers.
Q. On East Hermosa Drive just prior to North Sunnywood Drive in Fullerton, there is a 'NO PARKING' sign that is confusing: It is just prior to a red zone, is it legal to park there or not? if not, then why not just paint the curb red from the sign to the corner?
- Bill Steiner, Fullerton A. While many parents park along that piece of non-red curb while waiting to
pick up their children from school, they do so illegally. According to Mark Miller, the city traffic engineer for Fullerton, the sign means what it says - no parking.
In many cities, signs are used to designate no-parking areas, as opposed to painting the whole town red.
On other hand. Miller said that the city is open to changes in existing parking restrictions at the request of homeowners living on any given street within the city. Information can be obtained at: 714-738-6845 or at www.ci.fullerton.ca .us/depts/engineering/defauit.asp.
Fact of the Week: Did you encounter lots of company on the roads during your Labor Day getaway? If so, you shouldn’t have been surprised. The Auto Club predicted about 2.35 million Southern Californians would travel during the past weekend. That would mark a 3.4 percent increase over last year.
Dr. David Rizzo is a podiatrist who doubles as Dr. Roadmap, answering transportation questions specifically for our north Orange County readers. To ask the good doctor a transportation question, contact him at [email protected]
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