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Dangers of SR 90 Extension Project

Admiralty Way Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
Old man crossing Lincoln in Marina del Rey, California.

The attorneys at Ehline Law Firm PC, have brought you this educational page because we want to prevent more deaths and traffic related bad luck on Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, California. Many residents and commuters have seen or heard of severe bicycle spills and people on foot being run over by motor vehicles, on Admiralty Way.

Now the Coastal Commission and Cal-trans want to increase the chances of calamity by extending SR 90, so it dumps heavy traffic right onto Mindanao and Admiralty Way. Our firm says no to the SR 90 extension. Read below to learn why.

Have you or someone you know been injured or killed on Admiralty Way, or suffered bike injuries to children? If so, you’re not alone. But people not from this locale are trying very hard to extend SR90, so it empties directly onto Admiralty Way, a residential area road! The SR90 extension plans claim to be “helping” relieve congestion. But the available facts reveal it will make things much, much worse for bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists.

Bicycle Rider Michael Ehline Is Fighting to End the Admiralty Way Nightmare

Michael Ehline is an avid bicyclist and has brought you this informational and educational web page to warn the unsuspecting Marina del Rey resident, recreational bicyclist and even vacationer, that you may need to retain our illustrious legal assistants sooner than you think if the Route 90 expansion is allowed to continue.

Because it is tough to get Admiralty Way accident statistics online, or from the State for that matter, our local law firm has created this user supported web page. We want to know about your predicament. We’ll post it here online for free, so other Marina del Rey residents and vacationers alike can see just how dangerous Admiralty Way is.

Tell us about your disaster case, and help fight the roadway expansion now. The SR90 extension will more than likely, cause more severe injury accidents and wrongful deaths than ever. And because the government has “design immunity’ available as a defense under the California Government Code, the State may be immune from suit. This means you have no way to sue the wrongdoer if the SR90 Extension plan is approved!! This is why fighting the Cal-trans Route 90 expansion plan is so important.

Admiralty Way Bicycle Accident Statistics:

  • In early 2006 a young girl was riding her bike on Admiralty Way, and she was run over by a car. The girl suffered a serious adhesion and friction burns.
  • In mid-October 2006, Michael Ehline, operator of Ehline Law Firm, witnessed another young girl who had been run over by a passenger truck. The young bicyclist was laying on the corner of Admiralty Way holding her leg and crying. The young bicyclist was apparently crossing Palawan Way from North to South on her bicycle when a green truck was making a right onto Admiralty Way off Palawan Way.

Michael Ehline who was also riding his bicycle that day informed the fire department it was a badly engineered, blind corner; and that he [Ehline] had almost been hit several times by cars while crossing the crosswalk at the very same spot.

October 28, 2006 Admiralty Way Hit and Run Pedestrian Accident:

  • October 28, 2006, at about 8:00 p.m. an employee of Ralph’s grocery store was seen walking in the poorly lit crosswalk at Admiralty Way and Mindanao. The man was walking across Admiralty from North East to South East. The man was run over by a car and killed. And although these are just a few of the many problems on Admiralty Way, the government wants to dump the Route 90 freeway right onto Admiralty Way and Mindanao! This is simply shocking.

In other words, in spite of the fact that Admiralty Way is one of the most dangerous roads on the West Side, the State wants to expand it and create a situation whereby more people will be injured and killed on Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, California.

Nationwide Bicycle Accident Statistics Show How Dangerous the SR90 Extension Will Be to Admiralty Way:

Reckless and Negligent Car Operators Will Only Increase if this goes through. Nationwide bicycle contretemps are in accord with the above local accident statistics for Admiralty Way.

  • Almost every 6 hours a bicyclist is killed by a car;
  • About 1 million kids are hurt every year from bicycle type accidents;
  • Almost half of cycling deaths happen to children less than sixteen years old;
  • Traumatic Head injuries cause about seventy-five percent of all serious injuries and fatalities in bicycle accidents;
  • Car crashes amount to 1/3rd of bicycle accidents. This is how the majority of serious injuries and wrongful deaths arise.

Car operators are often not paying attention bicycle operators. Car drivers are supposed to treat a bicycle as a motor vehicle. The same laws apply. Increasing car traffic, by dumping a major highway onto Admiralty Way, will only serve to compound these problems.

Cal-trans Says Dumping Non-Resident Commuters Into Marina del Rey Residential Neighborhoods Will Help Decrease Traffic in Marina del Rey:

Cal Trans is apparently working hard to make life more difficult for residents and visitors. Cal-trans along with the California Coastal Commission is ramrodding this bad plan down the throats of Marina del Rey residents. (Read the CA Highways Report.) Cal Trans claims the 90 freeway expansion project is to “remove” congestion.

How does Cal Trans think funneling traffic from the highway 90 into residential neighborhoods is going to help solve anything? They say extra lanes to allow more traffic and extending a major freeway, so it empties into your backyard is the answer. Imagine this. Admiralty Way is now a “freeway” off-ramp.

Our law firm notes that Cal Trans has no available reports online showing how this plan will protect Marina del Rey residents, or for that matter, how artificially increasing traffic will help lessen residential traffic congestion. All the material available online about this subject is full of conclusions that it SR 90 extension is good.


No Online Reports to Prove Any of the Government’s Assertions

For example, Ca-trans fails to have available online any engineering reports or expert reports that dumping SR90 into residential neighborhoods will decrease congestion. Logic dictates that making Mindanao and Admiralty an SR 90 off-ramp will cause those not even going to the Marina to be forced to pass through.

It will also encourage those who should be taking Lincoln to take a shortcut through Admiralty. So when Lincoln Blvd. is the real problem, with its ancient lane system designed for days of yesteryear, Cal-trans want to carve a path into the beautiful and modern Marina.

The fact that there is no material from any agency online that this plan will help us should raise warning flags. Instead, Cal-Trans has a report that concludes “residential development” requires that highway 90 be dumped into Marina del Rey. So in other words, since Marina del Rey is undergoing development, Cal Trans thinks dumping nonresident traffic from the Route 90 highway will somehow “decrease congestion.” (Read the Coastal Commission Report.)

And again Ca-trans has no feasibility studies, expert reports, safety studies, accident statistic reduction reports available anywhere online. But Cal-trans and other state agencies do have what amounts to propaganda for the SR 90 extension.

With such limited information and the known dangerous factors, it can be inferred that extending a freeway off-ramp is bad for us local Mariners. It’s your kids, husband, wife, or workers who may get killed by a non-resident driver being dumped into your local area by this absurd Route 90 expansion proposal. Cal-trans should extend Lincoln, a commercial area, rather than a planned community like Marina del Rey.


Adding Bicycle and NOT Car Lanes Will Make the Marina Safer

Perhaps Cal-trans could simply improve the lighting on Admiralty Way and take into account that making bicycle lanes instead of more traffic lanes will save lives. Who has ever complained about gridlock on Admiralty Way? Instead of increasing traffic and corresponding wrongful deaths by dumping a major highway onto Admiralty Way, we need to simply take into account the substantially changed conditions on Admiralty Way and the poorly designed road on Admiralty Way and fix them.

Many of the cross-walk posts are located in such a way that they create blind corners for a pedestrian pushing the walk button. Simple things like adding more lighting and relocating traffic posts would help decrease fatalities on Admiralty Way.

Changing the traffic light sequencing for vehicles leaving and coming from Mindanao and Admiralty at night and in the mornings would allow less traffic was jamming in the morning and evening hours. The bottom line is that Lincoln Blvd. needs to be re-done to account for all the 405 freeway traffic that use Lincoln as a shortcut. Lincoln is too narrow, and there are too many signals.

Q: What can I do?

A: Vote the elected representatives out of office who approve or support the Route 90 highway expansion plan! Any elected representative who supports the Highway 90 expansion must be impeached or thrown out of office now! Support those elected officials who provide SR 90 reports and statistics for our citizen’s review. Express your outrage that the reports available online are biased, only based upon conclusions and unsupported by online studies or facts, or engineering reports, or feasibility studies. Express your disgust with the Route 90 extension. Contact your local elected representative at the Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce.

Tell Congresswoman Jane Harman if she supports the Marina del Rey Route 90 expansion, that you don’t support her! Tell her you do support her if she support the residents of Marina del Rey (Contact Marina del Rey Representative Jane Harman.)

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed on Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, California, call our free attorney hotline. (888) 400-9721. We will post the facts about your Admiralty Way hard times for free online.

We want other Marina del Rey residents to see why it is so important that the Route 90 expansion is stopped at all costs. Our kids and families are too important. Evil succeeds when good men do nothing. Do something good and help other pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers avoid being seriously injured or killed on Admiralty Way.


STOP THE HIGHWAY ROUTE 90 EXTENSION NOW!!

In light of the fact that there are no online readily available expert reports, or feasibility studies showing how the SR 90 would truly benefit Marina del Rey residents, and because we already know how dangerous Admiralty way is, we cannot assume adding more traffic lanes and increasing traffic, will help.

A good argument could be made that adding more lanes would be good. But when you insert the small problem of making beautiful the city into a freeway traffic off-ramp, there is no way making the roads bigger is going to help.

Instead, the available evidence shows that increasing traffic lanes will just increase traffic from the new freeway off-ramp next to your newly remodeled grocery store, Ralph’s. Cal-trans does not have a credible track record on this, and is compounding the problem and not tackling the real Lincoln Blvd. problem. We must fight the SR90 extension.

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