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OCTA Provides Update on I-405 Improvement Project – One of the Nation’s Largest Infrastructure Projects

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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Chris Boucly, community outreach manager, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), brought business and community leaders up to date on the Interstate-405 Improvement Project, one of the largest infrastructure projects in the nation, during the June Greater Irvine Chamber Government Affairs Committee meeting.

Boucly discussed Interstate-405 Improvement Project funding and timelines for planned freeway entrance, exit, and bridge construction, and the addition of new regular lanes, and 405 Express Lanes. The project, which began in 2017, is aimed at offering relief to the heavy traffic congestion experienced by the 257,000 370,000 drivers that the freeway carries daily. The planned improvements are critical in order to accommodate expected employment, population, and housing growth in Orange County and throughout Southern California.

This section of I-405 provides direct and indirect access to residential communities, employment centers, cultural and recreational facilities, John Wayne Airport, and some of the region’s top medical and academic institutions.

Since its formation in 1991, the OCTA has kept residents and commuters moving throughout the 34 cities and unincorporated areas of Orange County. OCTA’s responsibilities, programs, and services impact every aspect of transportation within the state’s third-largest county. OCTA keeps people moving by reducing freeway congestion, improving safety and efficiency on our local roads, providing bus service and regional multimodal connections, helping people find ways to leave their cars home, and providing safe, convenient transportation to those with special needs.

Legislative status reports were also presented during the meeting by representatives from the offices of Orange County Supervisor Donald P. Wagner, Congresswoman Katie Porter, State Assemblyman Steven Choi, and State Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris.

For more information about the Greater Irvine Chamber’s work in government affairs and how to become involved, contact Whit Peterson.

Category: Advocacy, Business News, Chamber News

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