Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I-405 Widening Public Hearing Monday

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. 

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.

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.

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Anonymous Pull the Strings said...

I'm sure Righeimer's puppet, Colin "Charlie" McCarthy, already has his marching orders. Unlike the Eastside citizens on the drive-thru Starbucks, his neighborhood will get some support.

5/31/2012 06:13:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

McCarthy is already all over this issue. He teamed with Darnell Wyrick and Mike Brumbaugh to write this letter to the editor in the Daily Pilot earlier this month.,0,6396076.story

5/31/2012 08:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Buttercup said...

The freeway needed to be widened years ago and we hope this happens asap!

5/31/2012 02:10:00 PM  
Anonymous John Feeney said...

The OCTA and the people who support this have absolutely no respect for the rights of the citizens who live in north Costa Mesa. They think it's okay to trash our neighborhoods for over four years. Thank you Mr. West for staying on top of this.

5/31/2012 04:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Jayson Stanley said...

do you think you can look into why there are only TWO CMPD units assigned to an entire area of the city on day watch?
I have heard there are only 6units available total until 4pm.
If this is true I would like to thank our inept city council for putting my family at risk and over working our Police.
J. Stanley III

5/31/2012 04:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Terry Koken said...

My observation is that traffic pickles just before Euclid and stays pickled until just after Magnolia. Seems to me a traffic engineer with enough gumption could drive that stretch 8-10 times and observe this phenomenon for himself, and then propose a specific fix for that problem.

As a fixer by calling, my motto is, of course, "Nihil reficiendum nisi defectum..." literally, "nothing must be repaired unless broken". I even proposed this as a motto to City Council, but I guess they weren't listening... I'll be there Monday; maybe OCTA will be listening.

5/31/2012 07:01:00 PM  
Blogger Gericault said...

This issue is where the hypocrisy of Colin McCarthy really stands out. Regarding the Westside and Banning Ranch pouring tens of thousands of cars onto our local streets he was proposing raising acceptable traffic levels to accommodate Newport. When Eastside residents were threatened with a huge uptick with the Starbucks drive-thru, he voted over the residents concerns . Now that it's in his backyard, the very same arguments he ignored, he is now using to try and stop what he's already allowed or proposed for others. Not exactly what I'm looking for in another council person. We already have too many exactly like that.

5/31/2012 07:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Themosticles said...

When will OCTA have the vote to amend Measure M to allow for our tax dollars to be spent on toll lanes.

If you recall, renewal of Measure M was for very specific projects, including "Freeway" projects.

If proceeds of sales tax to fund toll lanes had been included, the Measure M vote would never have been successful.

6/01/2012 06:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Barry said...

Just like haters like Gericault to make everything political. Feel sorry for that guy. Seems like this project is a lose/lose for everyone. Nice to see Feeney agreeing with the Pot Stirrer. I should go out and buy a lottery ticket today. Is the world ending?

6/01/2012 08:05:00 AM  
Anonymous N.I.M.B.Y said...

Build it and widen it!!! Orange County is growing in population and with that comes more cars and more traffic. This needed to be done years ago, so all the better to get it started now. There's always going to be someone to doesn't want it in their backyard.

6/01/2012 09:48:00 AM  
Blogger Gericault said...

Whatever Barry,.....when you have appointed planning commissioner, bending over backwards to suck up to developers, it not just politics it's personal. It's peoples homes, it's peoples quality of life, and it's a public safety issue. All of which have fallen on deaf ears. Now that Colin has this issue in his own backyard , all of a sudden "he cares"??? It's not about politics , it's about Costa Mesa, something which you and your band of "politicians" started forgetting the day they took over.

6/01/2012 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Phil said...

Simmer down there Gericault, as I recall reading, Mesa Verde, Halecrest and Mesa North all came out together against this project. It impacts the whole City, not just one person's back yard. We live on the flower streets and oppose this thing in the worst way. Nice people are standing up against it. Hope the commentators here will also stand up.

6/01/2012 03:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Heart for Costa Mesa said...

Great, several neighborhoods aligned to oppose this really bad idea. Nevertheless, Gericault's and others points are well made.

Colin did not care about plans that disrupted other areas. Infact, he was enthusiastic in his support of a 61' high recreation building that would tower over bucolic Golf Course Drive, violating zoning ordianaces left and right. Not his back yard. So what did he care? That one was appealed by guess which Councilwoman? and eventually worked out by the developer and the residents.

I wish drive-thru starbucks could have gone that way. Colin and the planning commission liked that one too, Not their back yard, so what do they care? The 4 Councilmen failed to look at it from the long term residents view, so what do they care either?

6/02/2012 11:18:00 AM  
Blogger CM Resident said...

McCarthy is a hypocrite of the highest order. He ignores pleas from his constituents who have opposed other projects for exactly the same reasons he is opposing widening the 405. Apparently what’s good for others isn’t good for him and his.

6/03/2012 12:25:00 PM  

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