OCTA in cooperation with The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is widening the San Diego Freeway (I-405) between State Route 73 (SR-73) and Interstate 605 (I-605). The project will improve the 16 miles of I-405 from the SR-73 freeway in Costa Mesa to the I-605 near the LA County line; it will add a general purpose lane in each direction from Euclid to I-605, plus a new express lane from the SR-73 to the SR-22. The new express lane and the existing carpool lanes, including the carpool connectors that opened in late 2014, will become the 405 Express Lanes. The 405 Express Lanes will be two lanes in each direction from SR-73 to I-605.
The general purpose lane portion of the project is a Measure M (Orange County’s half-cent transportation sales tax) project and will be funded by a combination of local, state and federal funds, with the express lanes portion of the project financed and primarily paid for by those who choose to pay a toll and use the 405 Express Lanes.
Because of the high demand for the I-405 and the need to stay within the existing right of way, the project cannot provide enough additional lanes to eliminate congestion. The 405 Express Lanes, however, will provide a fast, stress-free travel option. Because the amount of traffic in the 405 Express lanes will be optimized by raising and lowering tolls in response to traffic demand, the 405 Express Lanes will be more predictable and move more vehicles per lane during peak periods than the regular, general purpose lanes. Solo drivers in the 405 Express Lanes will pay the full toll and carpools are anticipated to be offered discounts or free travel. The toll policy has not been finalized yet but it will be designed to provide customers with a safe, reliable, congestion-free commute. The 405 Express lanes will offer people a choice to travel faster when they absolutely need to.
In 2040, it’s expected to take 29 minutes to travel during rush hour from SR-73 to I-605 in the general purpose lanes after improvements to the I-405 are complete. That commute can be reduced to 13 minutes if a driver chooses to take the 405 Express Lanes. Without the addition of the 405 Express Lanes, the commute in the general-purpose lanes would nearly double and take almost an hour to travel the same stretch.
There are many soundwalls that will be reconstructed
or added as a part of the I-405 Improvement Project. Soundwalls reduce the
level of freeway noise, but do not eliminate it. For more information on soundwalls click here.
In regards to property acquisitions, there are no
full residential or commercial property acquisitions.
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The Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors will maintain local control of the I-405 Improvement Project after voting on April 27, 2015 to take the lead on implementing both the general-purpose lane promised in Measure M and the express lanes, which will speed up travel for everyone in the corridor.
OCTA staff will return to the Board with a draft 405 Express Lanes toll policy and a financing plan in early 2016. A traffic and revenue study will be performed to help determine how the 405 Express Lanes will operate. In addition, the Board’s action will result in any excess toll revenue remaining in the I-405 corridor to be spent on local transportation improvement projects.
There are several short-term and long-term steps that will be taken by OCTA staff, many of which require Board action.
Sept. 29, 2015
Obtain CTC approval of Project
Shortlist DB teams and release DB draft request for proposals (RFP)
Develop toll policy options
Develop investment grade T&R study
Develop financing plan, including pursuing TIFIA loan
Develop operating toll agreement with state
Release DB RFP
DB notice to proceed
Design and build Project
Caltrans, as assigned by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), has prepared a joint Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed project. Caltrans is the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). OCTA is the responsible agency and the project sponsor.
The Caltrans Notice of Determination (NOD) was filed with the State Clearinghouse on June 17, 2015 in compliance with Section 21108 and 21152 of the Public Resources Code. The NOD approves Alternative 3 as the Selected Alternative, the alternative to move forward for design and construction. This is in accordance of CEQA, which is a statute that requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible.
The Caltrans NOD is available online at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist12/DEA/405/index.php
The Record of Decision (ROD) was developed pursuant to 40 CFR 1505.2 and 23 CFR 771. 127. The ROD has been signed by the Caltrans District 12 Director on May 15, 2015 and approves Alternative 3 as the Selected Alternative, the alternative to move forward for design and construction. This is in accordance with NEPA, which requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision making processes by considering the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to those actions.
The Caltrans ROD is available online at: www.dot.ca.gov/dist12/405/index.htm
OCTA, as a responsible agency, filed a NOD with the State Clearinghouse on September 29, 2015 in compliance with Section 21108 or 21152 of the Public Resources Code.
The OCTA NOD is available online, click here.
Caltrans has studied the effects this project may have on the environment. The Final Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) was approved, and is available to view online at www.dot.ca.gov/dist12/DEA/405/index.php.
On July 24, 2014, Caltrans recommended Alternative 3 as the Preferred Alternative. Alternative 3 includes Measure M2 (M2) Project K as approved by the voters, which adds one general purpose (GP) lane in each direction on the I-405 from Euclid Street to the I-605 interchange and adds an express lane in each direction on I-405 from SR-73 to SR-22. The express lane would be combined with the existing high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, and these would be converted to express lanes providing two express lanes in each direction on I-405 between SR-73 and I-605. The westbound HOV connector from SR-22 to I-405 would also be operated as a express lane.
During the initial DEIR/EIS public review period in May 2013, Caltrans received comments on potential traffic impacts within the City of Long Beach. In an effort to address these comments, Caltrans prepared a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Report / Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) to evaluate the existing and future traffic flow conditions within the Los Angeles County traffic study area including at a minimum, demand, capacity and level of service for the mainline freeway and arterial street intersections within the City of Long Beach not considered in the Draft EIR/EIS.
The I-405 Improvement Project Supplemental DEIR/EIS was released on Friday, June 28, 2013 and was available for public review and comment through Monday, August 12, 2013.
Link to Supplemental DEIR/EIS: www.dot.ca.gov/dist12/405/index.htm Public Notice
A public hearing was also held on July 24, 2013 regarding the Supplemental Draft EIR/EIS.
Click here to view the presentation
Click here to view the project boards
As required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Caltrans, in cooperation with OCTA, is preparing an Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the I-405 Improvement Project. The EIR/EIS analyzes factors that include, but are not limited to, the following: aesthetics, cultural resources, biological resources, hazardous wastes and materials, public services and facilities, water quality, floodplain, noise, air quality, recreation, community impacts, and transportation/traffic.
The I-405 Draft Environmental Impact Report / Environmental Impact Statement (DEIR/EIS), released in May 2012, included three build alternatives as well as a No Build Alternative. The draft EIR/EIS document is available on Caltrans’ website at the following address:
Throughout the project development process, OCTA worked closely with a variety of stakeholders to keep them apprised of the project status and alternatives under consideration. During the DEIR/EIS public review period between May 18 and July 17, 2012, OCTA and Caltrans held four public hearings and received more than 1,200 comments. Each comment received during the public review process will be formally responded to in the Final EIR/EIS.
On October 22, 2012, the OCTA Board of Directors selected Alternative 1 as the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA). Alternative 1 meets the commitment promised to Orange County voters in Measure M2 (Project K) to add one general purpose (GP) lane in each direction from Euclid Street to Interstate 605 (I-605) and improve interchanges within the project limits.
Four Public Scoping Meetings were held in Fall 2009 to provide an early exchange of information and to give interested parties an opportunity to provide comments or identify concerns. Comments received at the meeting became part of the public record and will be considered in defining the scope of the project and developing the I-405 Improvement Project EIR/EIS.
View the scoping meeting materials.
In 2006, voters approved Renewed Measure M (M2). A project to add one general purpose lane in each direction on I-405 was included in M2. In implementing this directive, the proposed project would need to make best use of the existing available freeway property, update interchanges, and replace all local overcrossings according to city and regional master plans. A Project Study Report/Project Development Support (PSR/PDS) document for this project, then called the “I-405 Widening Project,” was completed in July 2008. The PSR/PDS document describes the transportation problem, identifies the scope of viable alternatives, and provides an estimate of the project development support resources required. A Preliminary Environmental Assessment Report (PEAR) was also prepared as part of the PSR/PDS. This process resulted in a determination that a joint Environmental Impact Report (EIR) / Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be required in compliance with CEQA and NEPA, respectively (Department 2008).
Report: Project Study Report/Project Development Support
A Major Investment Study (MIS) for the I-405 corridor from SR-73 to I-605 was completed in February 2006. The MIS addressed a variety of potential solutions to the mobility problems in the corridor. As part of the MIS process, the OCTA Board of Directors adopted a resolution supporting a Locally Preferred Strategy (LPS) of improvements to the I-405 corridor within the study area. A major consideration in the selection of the LPS was its limited ROW acquisition impacts. I-405 MIS Timeline
Report: I-405 Major Investment Study (MIS) Final Report
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