About 100 Pomona residents gathered at Westmont Community Center Wednesday evening to review maps showing a widened future 71 Freeway.

Representatives of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Caltrans were available to answer questions.

The Authority, Caltrans and Pomona are working together to put together a proposal for a public-private partnership that could lead to moving up the plans to widen the 71 from the existing four-lane expressway into a full-fledged freeway.

Some residents said they welcome the widening of the 71 but they also have questions and concerns related to how they will be compensated by the state for their properties while others have concerns about the closure of some existing intersections along the 71 Freeway and the construction of soundwalls.

Plans call for beginning work leading to the widening of the 71 freeway in 2023 and having the project completed in 2030.

However, if the agencies are successful in competing for funding and participate in a state public-private partnership program it may be possible to begin the project eight or more years ahead of the current schedule.

The three agencies are in the process of planning, updating existing environmental studies and carrying out a financial analysis for the proposed project.