Orange County Transportation Authority Awards More than $40 Million for Road Projects

Friday, June 15, 2018

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Orange County Transportation Authority has awarded funding for transportation projects across Orange County.

The agency is allocating more than $40 million this year to 11 improvement projects and six projects to synchronize signals to keep traffic flowing during rush hours.

The money comes from the half-cent sales tax collected in Orange County for transportation projects. Cities will contribute money toward the projects as well.

There is also $6.8 million coming from the state in addition to the $8.9 million from the OCTA for the signal synchronization projects, Irvine projects include:

  1. Main Street in Irvine: $1.2 million OCTA; $1.9 million state
  2. Culver Drive/Bonita Canyon/Ford Drive from Jamboree Road in Newport Beach to Portola Parkway in Irvine: $1.1 million OCTA

More than 2,000 traffic signals have been synchronized in the county since 2011 using the sales tax revenue, commonly referred to as Measure M.

The road projects OCTA is allocating money toward were pitched by the cities and awarded competitively, agency spokesman Eric Carpenter said. The awards are made once a year. Orange County cities also get a set portion each year from the sales tax revenues.

Other Irvine projects include:

  1. $194,000: Improve Culver Drive and Alton Parkway intersection in Irvine
  2. $327,000: Widen University Drive to the 405 in Irvine
  3. $54,000: Improve Harvard Avenue at Michelson Drive in Irvine

Source: Orange County Register

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