A Classic New Edition: The Orange Freeway (SR-57)
For more than 50 years, the Orange Freeway (SR-57) has been integrally linked to Orange County's growth and legacy. During its five-decade history, this freeway has been uniquely intertwined with the evolution of many of the county's most notable attractions. Like the region and destinations it serves, the SR-57 is a classic landmark unto itself.
A new and improved edition of SR-57 is now under way. In an effort to improve traffic flow, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), in cooperation with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 12, added a northbound lane from north of the SR-91 near Orangethorpe Avenue in Placentia to Lambert Road in Brea and a three-mile stretch between Katella Avenue and Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim. These improvements will reduce congestion, increase traffic flow and enhance the safety of one of Orange County's signature freeways.
Approved with the completion of the environmental phase in December 2007, the Orangethorpe to Lambert segment launched construction in January 2011 and opened to motorists in Summer 2014. The environmental phase for the Katella to Lincoln segment was completed in November 2009 and the design phase ended in spring 2011. Construction began in January 2012 and the new lane opened to motorists in December 2014.
Throughout the project, we hope you'll stay connected by accessing the project schedule, construction updates, upcoming events, project materials and contact information on our website. We welcome your input on our comment page as well.