Wednesday, September 03, 2008

SR-55 Study Session Slide Show


Further on the SR-55 presentation at the Costa Mesa City Council Study Session next Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 4:30 in the Neighborhood Community Center at Lions Park...

STUDY SESSION POWERPOINT PRESENTATION AVAILABLE
The PowerPoint presentation that will be used by the consultants and OCTA staff to illustrate the results of their winnowing process is available for viewing on the City of Costa Mesa web site. To access this presentation simply slide your cursor over to the right of the page and click on my link to the City of Costa Mesa web site. Once there, scroll down the middle of the page to the SR-55 Access Study section and then on down to the link that is entitled "Initial Screening of Alternatives". Click on that link and you will be presented with the OCTA's 18 slide program.

REJECTED CHOICES
A little homework on this presentation ahead of time while help interested parties follow the discussion better on Tuesday. Certain elements jumped out at me as I reviewed the presentation. For example, near the end of the presentation slide #17 lists the options considered, but rejected. These are 1) Bored Tunnel Freeway; 2) Reversible Lanes; 3) One-Way Couplets and 4) Parallel Routes. The reasons for their rejection are shown on the slide.

BRING GOOD, BRIEF QUESTIONS
Take your time and review this presentation. As I mentioned in an earlier post, time for comments will be extremely limited Tuesday if they follow the Study Session format.

NEWPORT BEACH IS NEXT
The OCTA will make the same presentation to the Newport Beach City Council in their Council Chambers at 4:00 p.m. on September 23, 2008.

THE BALL'S IN THE OCTA BOARD'S COURT
According to the OCTA staff, once this presentation is made to the elected leaders of both Costa Mesa and Newport Beach it will also be made to the OCTA Board, probably at their meeting in October. At that point the OCTA Board will decide to fund further study of the options or not. If not, the issue will be pitched back into the laps of the cities involved to fund their own studies if they choose to do so.

MORE OUTREACH - MAYBE

If the OCTA Board chooses to move forward there will be another community outreach program to present the choices and costs.

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