LOCAL HAPPENINGS AND MORE IN THE SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY CITY OF SAN CLEMENTE

OCTA and Caltrans Plan I-5 South County Improvements

OCTA and Caltrans Plan I-5 South County Improvements

Work will begin this fall (2013) on the $275 million Interstate 5 (I-5) Avenida Pico to San Juan Creek Road Improvement Project. Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will work in partnership to add a carpool lane in each direction through this stretch and rebuild the Avenida Pico intersection. The project is funded by Measure M, a half-cent sales tax approved by Orange County voters for transportation projects.

When finished, the portion of Avenida Pico under the freeway will expand to nine lanes. New bicycle lanes will also be added to Avenida Pico in both directions beneath the freeway.

One new soundwall is planned, along Shorecliffs Golf Course on the west side of the freeway north of Avenida Vaquero. The final phase of the project, rebuilding the interchange, is expected to begin in 2014 and finish in spring of 2017.

The OCTA outreach team has conducted more than 30 meetings and presentations with city leaders and other community stakeholders throughout the corridor to inform them about the project. The team has distributed project information at summer concerts in San Juan Capistrano, as well as the craft fair at San Clemente’s Farmers Market and at San Clemente High School’s Back-to-School Night. Representatives delivered informational fliers to nearly 350 businesses along the project corridor and distributed project posters to the Avenida Pico business community. OCTA, in conjunction with Caltrans, has hosted stakeholder working groups in the cities of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.

If you would like more information on this project, contact OCTA’s Julie Toledo at (714) 560-5573, e-mail her at jtoledo@octa.net or log onto www.octa.net/I5Pico.