Stop The I-405 Toll Lanes!
OCTA BOARD VOTES FRIDAY
Friday, November 8th, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) will consider the latest proposal to expand the I-405 FREEWAY into a transportation corridor that may eliminate the current High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane and replace it with two (2) High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes!
IGNORING LOCAL PREFERENCES
This scheme flies in the face of what has been previously determined to be the "locally preferred" option - adding one additional general use lane in each direction.
It is our understanding that if the OCTA Board DOES NOT approve the HOT option and proceeds with a different option, then the California Department of Transportation (CalTran) may take the roadway over and convert the lanes to HOT lanes and KEEP THE REVENUE for use throughout the state. This is unacceptable. At a recent Town Hall meeting on this subject Supervisor John Moorlach referred to this as "highway robbery".
CORRIDOR CITIES OPPOSE THE SCHEME
ALL the cities along the proposed corridor from Costa Mesa to the Los Angeles County line officially oppose this new scheme for many reasons, starting with the severe economic impact it would have on our high sales tax generating entities - South Coast Plaza and the Harbor Boulevard of Cars in the case of Costa Mesa.
DEMOLISHING THE FAIRVIEW BRIDGE!
The relatively new Fairview Bridge over the I-405 will have to be demolished and replaced with another bridge with wider spans to accommodate the new lanes - there would be three (3) new lanes each direction, total.
WRITE TO THE OCTA BOARD
The City of Costa Mesa has provided a page, HERE, that includes contact information for concerned residents to communicate with ALL the directors of the OCTA board. You can write to them individually or, as shown on that page, all at once by addressing your correspondence to the Clerk. There's a link for that.
In addition, Assemblyman Allan Mansoor has set up a petition site where signatories can also communicate their displeasure about this scheme. You can find that petition and an explanation about it HERE. Among the sponsoring officials for this petition are Costa Mesa's Mayor Jim Righeimer and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger.
TAKE THE TIME - WRITE AND SIGN
Take a few minutes and use the links provided to write to the OCTA Board and to sign Mansoor's petition. This scheme is a BAD idea for Costa Mesa and the adjoining cities and time's a'wastin'. They will vote on Friday.