Council To Hear SR-55 Report Tuesday
At its meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, October 7, 2008, the Costa Mesa City Council will receive the initial screening report on the SR-55 Access Study, at which time they will very likely request that the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) to fund and initiate the next phase of the study.
This report is the result of many meetings and workshops held with officials and the public in both Costa Mesa and Newport Beach and has distilled down the viable alternatives to the continuation of the Costa Mesa Freeway through or past Costa Mesa's "Downtown" area - from it's current terminus at 19th Street to the city limits at Industrial Way.
This issue, one of the "Hey, look what I did!" planks in Eric Bever's campaign platform, is critical to many residents on the Eastside of our town because the more than 100,000 cars that travel past 19th Street and Newport Blvd. each day generate significant cut-through traffic into otherwise calm residential neighborhoods. Noise, safety and pollution are all concerns expressed by our neighbors living in those communities.
FORUM ON THE 9TH...
Two days later, on the 9th, many of those neighbors will hold a candidate forum at the Neighborhood Community Center - see previous post - at which this issue will almost certainly be presented for comment to each of the nine candidates for City Council next month. All the more reason for concerned residents to attend the forum to hear the solutions presented by our potential future leaders.