17th Street Grade Separation

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    OCTA is studying a project that would lower 17th Street and Lincoln Avenue to create a grade separation with the Metrolink tracks. The primary project objective is to improve safety and alleviate traffic congestion along 17th Street. 17th Street serves as a major east/west arterial in the City of Santa Ana with connections to I-5. Increased vehicle and rail traffic at this location has resulted in the increase of delays at the existing highway-rail crossing of 17th Street in Metrolink’s double track corridor. These delays have not only affect the traveling public, but also keep emergency vehicles from arriving to their destination in a timely manner. The proposed project would construct a railroad crossing structure to carry Metrolink trains over 17th Street, lowering the current grade of the roadway by approximately 20.5 feet and raising the railroad tracks by approximately 2 feet.

    Project Objectives:

    • Improve vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle user safety
    • Reduce the potential for conflicts between trains and vehicles
    • Eliminate delays due to passing trains

    The project is currently in the environmental/project approval phase. During this time the project team is working closely with project partners, City of Santa Ana, and Metrolink to deliver the following proposed improvements:

    • Improve safety by removing the existing at-grade railroad crossing
    • Lower 17th Street to go under the railroad tracks
    • Provide a new railroad bridge and retaining walls with aesthetic treatment
    • Reconfigure access to properties to join the lowered roadways
    • Re-establish sidewalks and landscaping
    • Maintain existing traffic patterns
    • Maintain existing quiet zone through project area

    The Environmental Process:
    In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a Project Report Equivalent and Environmental Technical Studies are currently being prepared to inform transportation officials, stakeholders and the public about the environmental effects of the project.

    The Environmental Technical Studies will assess a wide range of topics including, but not limited to: traffic, air quality, noise, biology, community impacts, visual impacts, relocation impacts, cultural resources, water quality, floodplain impacts, and paleontological resources.

    Next steps:
    Complete environmental phase and explore funding opportunities for future phases.

    Funding:
    Funding has been identified through the environmental phase with Measure M (M2) and the Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) dollars. We will qualify to receive additional federal, state, and local funding sources once the environmental process is completed.

     

     

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    Overview

    OCTA is studying a project that would lower 17th Street and Lincoln Avenue to create a grade separation with the Metrolink tracks. The primary project objective is to improve safety and alleviate traffic congestion along 17th Street. 17th Street serves as a major east/west arterial in the City of Santa Ana with connections to I-5. Increased vehicle and rail traffic at this location has resulted in the increase of delays at the existing highway-rail crossing of 17th Street in Metrolink’s double track corridor. These delays have not only affect the traveling public, but also keep emergency vehicles from arriving to their destination in a timely manner. The proposed project would construct a railroad crossing structure to carry Metrolink trains over 17th Street, lowering the current grade of the roadway by approximately 20.5 feet and raising the railroad tracks by approximately 2 feet.

    Project Objectives:

    • Improve vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle user safety
    • Reduce the potential for conflicts between trains and vehicles
    • Eliminate delays due to passing trains
    Details

    The project is currently in the environmental/project approval phase. During this time the project team is working closely with project partners, City of Santa Ana, and Metrolink to deliver the following proposed improvements:

    • Improve safety by removing the existing at-grade railroad crossing
    • Lower 17th Street to go under the railroad tracks
    • Provide a new railroad bridge and retaining walls with aesthetic treatment
    • Reconfigure access to properties to join the lowered roadways
    • Re-establish sidewalks and landscaping
    • Maintain existing traffic patterns
    • Maintain existing quiet zone through project area

    The Environmental Process:
    In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a Project Report Equivalent and Environmental Technical Studies are currently being prepared to inform transportation officials, stakeholders and the public about the environmental effects of the project.

    The Environmental Technical Studies will assess a wide range of topics including, but not limited to: traffic, air quality, noise, biology, community impacts, visual impacts, relocation impacts, cultural resources, water quality, floodplain impacts, and paleontological resources.

    Next steps:
    Complete environmental phase and explore funding opportunities for future phases.

    Funding:
    Funding has been identified through the environmental phase with Measure M (M2) and the Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) dollars. We will qualify to receive additional federal, state, and local funding sources once the environmental process is completed.

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Public Information Meeting: November 4, 2015

The environmental review period is an excellent opportunity to ask questions or provide your input about the proposed project. To kick-off the public participation process, a Public Information Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center. Members of the public are invited to join us at the meeting to learn more about the project, meet the project development team, and most important, share comments.

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Wednesday, November 4
5:00 p.m – 6:30 p.m.
Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center
1000 East Santa Ana Boulevard
Santa Ana, CA 92701

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