What’s the Scoop? Orange County Transportation Projects

A quick look at some of the current and upcoming projects that will affect Orange County commuters.

Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) – The Toll Roads

South Orange County Traffic Relief Effort

“With Orange County’s population expected to increase by more than 400,000 residents by 2035 and traffic projected to increase in South Orange County by 66 percent by 2040, the Transportation Corridor Agencies are committed to identifying solutions that will relieve the traffic congestion on I-5 through South Orange County.” Continue Reading on thetollroads.com.

241/91 Express Connector Project

 “The Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA), in coordination with Caltrans, is proposing to add a direct connector linking the northbound 241 Toll Road to the eastbound 91 Express Lanes and the westbound 91 Express Lanes to the southbound 241 Toll Road. The direct, median-to-median tolled connector would reduce traffic congestion in both directions, enhance safety by reducing weaving across lanes and improve access to toll lanes in Orange and Riverside Counties.” Continue Reading on thetollroads.com. 


Proposed Changes to Bus Service

“The proposed service plan for February 2018 improves evening, weekday and weekend service on several routes and reduces service on others with low demand. In addition, service on some Stationlink and express routes will be reduced or eliminated due to low ridership. Services and resources can be reallocated to high-demand areas to reduce travel times and serve more people.” Continue Reading on OCTA.net.

OCTA Seeks Public Input on Open Space Preserves

“Public input is being sought on draft plans released this week that will guide the management of valuable wildlife and habitat on the Orange County Transportation Authority’s open space properties in the Aliso Canyon Preserve in Laguna Beach and Hayashi Preserve in Brea.” Continue Reading on OCTA.net.

I-405 Improvement Project

“OCTA in cooperation with The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is widening the San Diego Freeway (I-405) between State Route 73 (SR-73) and Interstate 605 (I-605).The project will improve 16 miles of I-405 between the SR-73 freeway in Costa Mesa and I-605 near the L.A. County line. The project includes adding one regular lane in each direction between Euclid Street and I-605 and making improvements to freeway entrances, exits and bridges.” Continue Reading on OCTA.net.

Avenida Pico to San Juan Creek Road

“This 5.7-mile project extends from Avenida Pico in San Clemente to San Juan Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano. The four-year, $230 million project will:

  • Add a carpool lane in both directions on I-5 from Avenida Pico to San Juan Creek Road;
  • Improve the sight distance on the southbound curve north of PCH;
  • Reconstruct the interchange at Avenida Pico, including widening the northbound Avenida Pico on-ramp to three lanes, and providing dual left-turn lanes to both on-ramps; and
  • Add sound walls where needed.”

Continue Reading on OCTA.net.

SR-91 Auxiliary Lane Project (SR-55 to Tustin Avenue)

“OCTA and Caltrans District 12 relieved congestion and improved operational efficiency on the 91 freeway in the northeastern part of Anaheim by extending a westbound lane from the northbound (NB) SR-55/westbound (WB) SR-91 connector through the Tustin Avenue interchange. In addition, a westbound auxiliary lane from east of the NB SR-55/WB SR-91 connector to the Tustin Avenue off-ramp was reconstructed. Also, the SR-91 westbound Tustin Avenue off-ramp was reconfigured to a dual lane exit and increased ramp capacity to four lanes which help cars more safely and efficiently transition off the freeway.” Continue Reading on OCTA.net.


“Carpooling is sharing a ride in a private car. Riders often share the cost for gas or take turns driving, which can save you hundreds of dollars per month. Carpooling is a great way to save money, reduce stress, and get to work faster by using carpool lanes. Carpools can be set up with co-workers at your company, or with people in your neighborhood.” Continue Reading on OCTA.net.

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