By Laura Perdew
Caltrans boldly approved a plan, endorsed by the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce, to improve the congested I-405 corridor by accepting Orange County Transit Authority’s (OCTA) recommendations to use Measure M funds to construct new general purpose lanes–one regular lane in each direction and add high-occupancy toll lanes at a later date.
With Caltrans selection of the project alternative, OCTA can now begin delivering the board-approved Measure M improvements as promised to voters. Caltrans intends to pursue funding for the high-occupancy toll lanes that will be added to help speed up commutes in one of the most heavily traveled stretches of freeway in the nation.
This step comes as OCTA and Caltrans near the end of more than a decade of study, public outreach and environmental review on ways to improve I-405. Three project alternatives have been studied in the area between SR-73 in Costa Mesa and I-605 in Seal Beach.
This stretch of the I-405 carries more than 370,000 cars a day and that number is expected to increase approximately 35 percent by 2040.
Theresa Harvey President and CEO of the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce said this project will allow for improved regional and system connectivity.
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Source: Fullerton Chamber of Commerce