By Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson, Courtesy of OCTA
Caltrans and the Orange County Transportation Authority celebrated the completion of a traffic congestion relief project that added five miles of a new lane on the northbound Orange Freeway (State Route 57) in the cities of Fullerton, Placentia, and Brea.
The $104.3 million project was completed through the partnership of Caltrans and OCTA with $82.2 million of Proposition 1B, a Corridor Mobility Improvement Account Program (CMIA) and $22.1 million of Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.
The 57 freeway is a vital link for drivers in Orange County and we at OCTA are thrilled to see this addition open. We’re putting Measure M money to good use by easing congestion and helping drivers get where they need to go more quickly.
The project also included the realignment and reconstruction of 12 ramps, three miles of new sound walls, 30 new retaining walls and the widening of 13 bridges.
A second segment of the Northbound SR-57 from Katella Avenue to Lincoln Avenue will also be widened to improve mainline mobility and throughput with completion in late 2014.