OCTA improved traffic flow and safety on our streets by building a series of bridges – both underpasses and overpasses – to separate car traffic from trains.
Project OverviewThese bridges eliminated 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.
In consultation with the cities of Anaheim, Fullerton and Placentia, OCTA implemented the O.C. Bridges Program, by building undercrossings and overcrossings at seven local rail crossings. With the dual goals of improving safety and removing delays, the O.C. Bridges Program enhanced the quality of life for this area.
The Placentia Avenue and Kraemer Avenue undercrossings were completed in 2014, the Tustin Avenue/Rose Drive Overcrossing was completed in 2015, the Orangethorpe Avenue Overcrossing was completed in 2016 and the Lakeview Avenue Overcrossing opened to motorists in June 2017. The State College Boulevard and Raymond Avenue undercrossings in Fullerton opened in 2018.
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 came from three sources: local tax dollars, state funds and federal funds.