I-405 Widening Public Hearing Monday
PUBLIC HEARING AT OCC
The much anticipated first public hearing by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) on the proposed I-405 widening project will be held Monday, June 4, 2012 at the Student Center at Orange Coast College, adjacent to Lot B on the map below. (Click on the map to enlarge it) Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting will last until 8:00. The presentation will run about a half hour beginning at 6:30, followed by time to interrogate staffers. You can read about the project HERE.
This project, purported to be necessary to mitigate anticipated dramatic growth in traffic over the next 25 years, presently has four options.
- The Baseline Alternative - build nothing at all
- Build Alternative #1 - Add One General Purpose Lane In Each Direction
- Build Alternative #2 - Add Two General Purpose Lanes in Each Direction
Build Alternative #3 - Express Facility Alternative
All of the proposals fall generally within the existing right-of-way.
Each of the so-called Build Alternatives will require the demolishing of the relatively new Fairview Bridge in Costa Mesa. CORRECTION: Only Alternate #3 will require demolishing the Fairview Bridge and part of a ramp at Harbor Blvd.
THE MOST ONEROUS CHOICE
Of the three, Build Alternative #3 - which adds a High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane to the existing carpool lane - seems to be the most troublesome to our Northside neighbors and is shown below. That option actually provides revenue to the OCTA, which is why it is THEIR preferred option. However, of all the choices, that one serves Costa Mesa the least. In fact, it actually will make it much more difficult for many Costa Mesans to use the I-405.
ATTEND THE MEETING TO LEARN
Plan to attend this presentation on Monday to get a clear idea of exactly what's in store for us with this project. This public hearing if the first of four scheduled and the only one in Costa Mesa.