FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 28, 2014
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Joel Zlotnik (714) 560-5713, Eric Carpenter (714) 560-5697
Groundbreaking set Jan. 29 for I-5 South Improvement Project
WHAT: Transportation officials will begin the first major freeway construction in more than a decade in South Orange County, a $249 million project to add carpool lanes on I-5 in each direction between San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. The project is funded by Measure M, the half-cent sales tax approved by Orange County voters, and state and federal dollars.
WHEN: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29
WHERE: Capistrano Unified School District
North Parking Lot
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano
WHO: Speakers Include:
- OCTA Director and Orange County Supervisor Patricia Bates
- OCTA Director and San Clemente Councilwoman Lori Donchak
- OCTA Vice Chairman Jeffrey Lalloway
- San Juan Capistrano Mayor Sam Allevato
- Capistrano Unified School District President John Alpay
- San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce Carolyn Franks
- OCTA CEO Darrell Johnson
- Caltrans District Director Ryan Chamberlain
- Presentation of Colors by OC Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol
- Remarks by officials in attendance
- Champion whip cracker Leslie Leone “whips traffic congestion” to launch the project.
WHY: The San Diego Freeway (I-5) is a vital north-south route for all of Southern California and weekend traffic notoriously congests this segment in South Orange County. The improvements will ease traffic flow and remove bottlenecks. In 2009, 8,870 vehicles traveled south of San Juan Creek Road in the peak afternoon hour, giving that area a “D” rating. This project will improve existing conditions by one full level of service throughout the project area.
For more information, visit www.octa.net/I-5Pico
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