Traffic Relief in the Works for Irvine

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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Reviewing some of the causes and proposed plans to mitigate traffic in the city, Irvine Director of Transportation, MarkLinsenmayer, provided an analysis of Irvine’s transportation system to a group of business and civic leaders during the June 7 Greater Irvine Chamber Government Affairs meeting.

Various transportation projects are currently underway to reduce traffic buildup, mainly caused by the influx of workers, which doubles Irvine’s Monday-Friday daytime population to more than 500,000 people. Linsenmayer emphasized the need for upcoming projects to alleviate traffic along major city corridors such as Jamboree, one of Irvine’s most densely used roadways, carrying about 70,000 drivers daily. In comparison, some of the most heavily trafficked roadways in Los Angeles carry roughly 60,000 drivers each day.

Linsenmayer also covered traffic improvement projects in various stages of completion, such as the implementation of signal synchronization throughout a number of main corridors within the city, including Irvine Center Drive, Jeffrey Road, and Alton Parkway, adaptive signal control, and intersection improvements for Jamboree/Barranca, Culver/University, and Jeffery/Walnut.

Plans are underway for the construction of pedestrian bridges crossing Jamboree and Kelvin. The bridges are intended to increase safety for pedestrians, while reducing the amount of time that traffic signals remain red for travelers on main corridors. Linsenmayer also said electric vehicle charging stations will be constructed throughout the city.

Although improvement projects for Irvine roadways are still in various stages of planning or completion, Linsenmayer said the city has, “some of the best roadway conditions within the state, and some of the most advanced signal networks within the state.”

The meeting also included legislative status reports by representatives from the offices of U.S. House Representative Mimi Walters, State Assemblyman Steven Choi, as well as an update from TCA, and the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs.

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

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