Orange County’s economy and quality of life are second to none. But keeping our economy growing and protecting our quality of life require improvements to our transportation system, including increasing mobility and safety
OCTA is working to improve traffic flow and safety on our streets by building a series of bridges – both underpasses and overpasses – to separate car traffic from trains. These bridges will eliminate the need for commuters and commercial vehicles to stop, wait and waste time at railroad crossings as seemingly endless freight trains pass by. These delays are not only frustrating, but they also aren’t good for the economy, aren’t good for the environment and aren’t good for our quality of life.
Close to 70 Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains use the Orangethorpe Corridor in Anaheim, Fullerton and Placentia every day, causing delays and safety hazards, restricting emergency response and business access, and creating pollution and noise. More trains—and longer trains—are coming, too: an estimated 130 trains daily by 2030!
Relief is in sight, though. In consultation with the cities of Anaheim, Fullerton and Placentia, OCTA is easing this transportation burden with the O.C. Bridges Program, which is building undercrossings and overcrossings at seven local rail crossings. Two of the undercrossings were completed in 2014; the five others are under construction. With the dual goals of improving safety and removing delays, the O.C. Bridges Program will enhance the quality of life for this area.
Construction will be underway through 2018. Work is scheduled so that adjacent crossings are not closed to drivers at the same time, and OCTA is working to reduce the effects of construction on the community. Construction safety is OCTA’s top priority. Drivers should watch for workers and vehicles, reduce speeds, allow extra travel time and follow signs and detours.
Program Funding – Your Local, State and Federal Tax Dollars at Work
In November 2006, nearly 70% of Orange County voters passed the Renewed Measure M Ordinance (M2), a ½ cent sales tax to fund transportation projects throughout our county. As part of the voter-approved M2 plan, funds were identified to support the design and construction of seven bridges, which were designated as the O.C. Bridges Program. However, the cost of building these projects can’t be met by M2 funds alone.
Funding for these projects comes from three sources: local tax dollars, state funds and federal funds.
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) opened the Kraemer Boulevard Undercrossing at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks on June 28, 2014. The project lowered the roadway to separate vehicles from trains. The intersection of Kraemer Boulevard and Crowther Avenue was closed during construction, and temporary railroad tracks were built south of the current tracks. With the undercrossing now open, drivers can move safely and smoothly beneath the tracks without having to wait for passing trains.
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) opened the Placentia Avenue undercrossing to motorists in March 2014. This is the first of seven bridges being built along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Anaheim, Fullerton and Placentia. The project lowered the roadway separating vehicles from trains, enhancing safety and boosting mobility. Motorists now can travel safely and smoothly under the railroad tracks without having to wait for passing trains.
The Sand Canyon Avenue Undercrossing project along the LOSSAN rail corridor between Interstate 5 and Oak Canyon/Laguna Canyon Road in Irvine opened to motorists on July 14, 2014. The project lowered Sand Canyon Avenue under the railroad tracks and widened the roadway from four to six lanes.
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