SR-57 (Orangewood to Katella)

Skip navigation Reduce Motion High Contrast Careers Contact Us
Skip to main content
  • SR-57 (Orangewood to Katella)

    Project Contacts 1 of 2

    Proposed Northbound Improvements Under Evaluation

    • Extending the 5th general-purpose lane between Orangewood Avenue and Katella Avenue
    • Improving the Katella Avenue off-ramp by widening the bridge over the railroad tracks or constructing a new 2-lane bridge over the railroad tracks
    • Converting the Orangewood Avenue straight/slip on-ramp to a loop on-ramp

    About the Environmental Study

    This project is currently in the Project Approval/Environmental Document (PA/ED) phase, also known as the environmental study phase. During this phase, as mandated by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), an Initial Study and Environmental Assessment (IS/EA) environmental document will be prepared.

    At the heart of NEPA and CEQA is the public’s interest in the environment. In general, the purpose of the environmental study process is to identify a proposed project’s potential environmental effects and to develop measures to avoid, minimize and/or mitigate these effects as feasible. The study will evaluate potential environmental effects for proposed improvements of Build Alternative(s) and the No Build Alternative.  

    The Build Alternative(s) includes designed improvements that achieve primary objectives as defined in the purpose and need of the proposed project, are cost-effective, and maximize public benefits.  The No Build Alternative means no improvements would be made, and therefore analyzes the existing conditions along with what would be reasonably expected to occur if the project were not approved. Analysis of the No Build Alternative allows the public and project partners to assess the effects of the proposed project versus the effects of taking no action.

    Potential Environmental Effects

    The IS/EA will assess a wide range of topics including, but not limited to: air quality, community impacts, cultural resources, floodplain impacts, natural environment, noise, paleontological resources, relocation impacts, traffic, visual impacts, and water quality.

    Environmental Study Results

    The draft environmental document (IS/EA) containing the results of each technical study will be available for public review and comment during a public review period. During the public review period, a public open house will be held at a public facility along the project corridor with informational exhibits on display and project representatives available to respond to questions.

    The Final Environmental Document (ED) is anticipated to result in a Mitigated Negative Declaration/Finding of No Significant Impact (MND/FONSI), under CEQA and NEPA respectively. This means the project, as a whole, would not result in a significant impact.

    Learn more about the environmental study milestones shown in the graphic below and how to get involved in the environmental process:

    For more information on CEQA and NEPA, you may want to visit the following websites:

    1. http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/
    2. http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/more/faq.html
    3. http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/guidelines/
    4. http://www.epa.gov/compliance/nepa/

    Public Participation and Community Engagement

    At the heart of CEQA and NEPA is the public’s interest. And at the center of Measure M is a commitment to the taxpayer.

    Consistent with these public policy values, OCTA and Caltrans are implementing a public information and community engagement program that not only complies with, but exceeds public information mandates under CEQA and NEPA.

    Throughout the environmental study process, OCTA and Caltrans will sustain a multimedia public communications and community engagement program intended to generate project awareness, and promote and facilitate public participation and comment.

    In addition to the project webpage, the public outreach program will include:

    • Noticing and canvassing
    • Public open houses
    • Elected official briefings
    • Community presentations
    • Social media alerts and updates
    • Telephone helpline
    • Constituent services

    How to Be Involved

    The environmental study phase is an excellent opportunity to ask questions or provide your input about the proposed project. The SR-57 Northbound Improvement Project has designated project outreach staff who will help guide you through the process. To stay connected with milestone updates or receive invitations to community meetings, please sign up for the project email distribution list and follow the project on social media.

    Request a Group Presentation

    Civic and business organizations are invited to contact the project team to schedule a presentation about the proposed improvements, environmental study, or transportation issues and activities countywide. For questions, please contact Andrea Hammann, Community Relations Specialist, at ahammann@octa.net, or Fernando Chavarria, Manager of Project Outreach, at fchavarria@octa.net.

    Traffic detours, if required by construction, will be developed during the engineering design phase.
    Overview
    Details

    Proposed Northbound Improvements Under Evaluation

    • Extending the 5th general-purpose lane between Orangewood Avenue and Katella Avenue
    • Improving the Katella Avenue off-ramp by widening the bridge over the railroad tracks or constructing a new 2-lane bridge over the railroad tracks
    • Converting the Orangewood Avenue straight/slip on-ramp to a loop on-ramp

    About the Environmental Study

    This project is currently in the Project Approval/Environmental Document (PA/ED) phase, also known as the environmental study phase. During this phase, as mandated by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), an Initial Study and Environmental Assessment (IS/EA) environmental document will be prepared.

    At the heart of NEPA and CEQA is the public’s interest in the environment. In general, the purpose of the environmental study process is to identify a proposed project’s potential environmental effects and to develop measures to avoid, minimize and/or mitigate these effects as feasible. The study will evaluate potential environmental effects for proposed improvements of Build Alternative(s) and the No Build Alternative.  

    The Build Alternative(s) includes designed improvements that achieve primary objectives as defined in the purpose and need of the proposed project, are cost-effective, and maximize public benefits.  The No Build Alternative means no improvements would be made, and therefore analyzes the existing conditions along with what would be reasonably expected to occur if the project were not approved. Analysis of the No Build Alternative allows the public and project partners to assess the effects of the proposed project versus the effects of taking no action.

    Potential Environmental Effects

    The IS/EA will assess a wide range of topics including, but not limited to: air quality, community impacts, cultural resources, floodplain impacts, natural environment, noise, paleontological resources, relocation impacts, traffic, visual impacts, and water quality.

    Environmental Study Results

    The draft environmental document (IS/EA) containing the results of each technical study will be available for public review and comment during a public review period. During the public review period, a public open house will be held at a public facility along the project corridor with informational exhibits on display and project representatives available to respond to questions.

    The Final Environmental Document (ED) is anticipated to result in a Mitigated Negative Declaration/Finding of No Significant Impact (MND/FONSI), under CEQA and NEPA respectively. This means the project, as a whole, would not result in a significant impact.

    Learn more about the environmental study milestones shown in the graphic below and how to get involved in the environmental process:

    For more information on CEQA and NEPA, you may want to visit the following websites:

    1. http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/
    2. http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/more/faq.html
    3. http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/guidelines/
    4. http://www.epa.gov/compliance/nepa/

    Public Participation and Community Engagement

    At the heart of CEQA and NEPA is the public’s interest. And at the center of Measure M is a commitment to the taxpayer.

    Consistent with these public policy values, OCTA and Caltrans are implementing a public information and community engagement program that not only complies with, but exceeds public information mandates under CEQA and NEPA.

    Throughout the environmental study process, OCTA and Caltrans will sustain a multimedia public communications and community engagement program intended to generate project awareness, and promote and facilitate public participation and comment.

    In addition to the project webpage, the public outreach program will include:

    • Noticing and canvassing
    • Public open houses
    • Elected official briefings
    • Community presentations
    • Social media alerts and updates
    • Telephone helpline
    • Constituent services

    How to Be Involved

    The environmental study phase is an excellent opportunity to ask questions or provide your input about the proposed project. The SR-57 Northbound Improvement Project has designated project outreach staff who will help guide you through the process. To stay connected with milestone updates or receive invitations to community meetings, please sign up for the project email distribution list and follow the project on social media.

    Request a Group Presentation

    Civic and business organizations are invited to contact the project team to schedule a presentation about the proposed improvements, environmental study, or transportation issues and activities countywide. For questions, please contact Andrea Hammann, Community Relations Specialist, at ahammann@octa.net, or Fernando Chavarria, Manager of Project Outreach, at fchavarria@octa.net.

    Detours
    Traffic detours, if required by construction, will be developed during the engineering design phase.
    Gallery
    Stay Informed

Overview Tab Content:


  • Project Overview

    The Orange County Transportation Authority and Caltrans District 12, in partnership with the cities of Anaheim and Orange, have begun the Project Approval/Environmental Documentation (PA/ED) phase for the proposed SR-57 Northbound Improvement Project from Orangewood Avenue to Katella Avenue.
  • The PA/ED phase, commonly referred to as the environmental study phase, began in mid-2016 and is expected to be completed in late 2018. As part of this effort, OCTA and Caltrans will conduct an environmental study and preliminary engineering to evaluate the potential environmental effects and performance benefits of extending the 5th regular (general-purpose) lane, as well as making ramp improvements between Orangewood Avenue and Katella Avenue.

    The Project Purpose and Need

    The proposed project is needed to relieve congestion and improve operational deficiencies. Increased traffic volumes and limited capacity have caused poor operations along the northbound SR-57 mainline between Orangewood Avenue and Katella Avenue.

    The purpose of the proposed project is to improve both existing and future mobility. Improve mainline merge and diverge operations thereby enhancing safety for the traveling public. The proposed project is intended to achieve the following objectives.

    • Improve mainline mobility
    • Facilitate regional circulation and flow of goods and services via SR-57 through improvements in freeway operations
    • Improve lane continuity in the northbound direction of SR-57

    Project Funding

    The total estimated cost of construction is between $20 and $30 million, depending on which proposed improvements are ultimately approved. Currently, the project is only funded through the environmental study phase by Measure M, Orange County’s voter-approved ½ cent transportation sales tax measure.

    The proposed project is the third in a series of projects designed to increase capacity, improve operations and enhance safety on the northbound 57 Freeway.

    Project Schedule

    Public Information Open House: June 22, 2017

    Public participation is an essential part of the environmental study process. A Public Information Open House will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Portola Middle School in Orange. Members of the public are invited to join us at the meeting to learn about the project, meet the project development team, and most importantly, share comments or ideas for improving SR-57 alongside your neighborhood. Please feel free to join at any between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Details of the meeting are shown below:

    Thursday, June 22
    5:00 – 8:00 PM
    Portola Middle School
    Cafeteria
    270 North Palm Drive
    Orange, CA 92868

Details Tab Content:

Detours Tab Content:

Stay Informed Form (defined by 'ekfrm' parameter in URL):

SR 57 Northbound Improvement Project 

Keep me Informed

*Name:
Company:
*E-Mail:
Telephone:
Fax:
Address:
City:
State:
Zip:
I would like to:
Be notified of project milestones and open house events.
Have a representative of the Project speak to organization.
Comments:  
* = required field

 

                       

Get Connected