SR-57 (Orangewood to Katella)

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    Project Overview

    The Orange County Transportation Authority and Caltrans District 12, in partnership with the cities of Anaheim and Orange, have begun the Project Approval/Environmental Documentation (PA/ED) process for the proposed Northbound SR-57 Improvement Project from Orangewood Avenue to Katella Avenue.

    The PA/ED process, commonly referred to as the environmental review process, began in mid-2016 and is expected to be completed in late 2018. As part of this effort, OCTA and Caltrans are conducting preliminary engineering and an environmental study to assess the potential operational outcomes and potential environmental effects of extending the 5th regular (general-purpose) lane, as well as making ramp improvements between Orangewood Avenue and Katella Avenue, a 1-mile stretch adjacent to the cities of Anaheim and Orange.

    Public Hearing (Open House Format) – October 25, 2018

    On Thursday, October 25, 2018, OCTA and Caltrans will host a Public Hearing (Open House Format) from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Portola Middle School in the City of Orange. This meeting is open to the public.

    At the open house style meeting, members of the public will have an opportunity to: 1) learn about the potential project through a series of presentation stations; 2) discuss the potential project with members of the project’s technical team; 3) read a copy of the Draft Environmental Document (DED) and access technical studies online; and 4) submit public comments in writing, or verbally to a licensed court reporter.

    Consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the DED, as well as associated technical studies, will be available for public review for 30 days. The public review/circulation period starts on Thursday, October 11 and ends on Friday, November 9, 2018. The Draft Environmental Document, as well as associated technical studies, will be available online at http://www.dot.ca.gov/d12/DEA/57/0M970. Hard copies of the DED will be available at the following libraries:

    • City of Anaheim Pubic Library: 500 W. Broadway, Anaheim, CA 92805
    • City of Orange Public Library: 407 E. Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA  92866

    The Public Hearing (Open House Format) is open to the public, free of charge. Free, onsite parking will be available to attendees. Portola Middle School is accessible via OCTA Bus Routes 53, 53X, 54 and 453. Spanish-language translation will be available.

    For more information, contact Fernando Chavarria at (714) 560-5306 or by email at FChavarria@octa.net.

    The Project Purpose and Need

    The proposed project is needed to relieve congestion and improve operational deficiencies. Increased traffic volumes and limited capacity have caused poor operations along the northbound SR-57 mainline between Orangewood Avenue and Katella Avenue.

    The purpose of the proposed project is to improve both existing and future mobility. Improve mainline merge and diverge operations thereby enhancing safety for the traveling public. The proposed project is intended to achieve the following objectives.

    • Improve mainline mobility
    • Facilitate regional circulation and flow of goods and services via SR-57 through improvements in freeway operations
    • Improve lane continuity in the northbound direction of SR-57

    Project Funding

    The total estimated cost of construction is currently $47 - $51 million (current dollars), depending on which proposed improvements are ultimately approved. The Project Approval/Environmental Document process is funded by OC Go, formerly Measure M, Orange County’s voter-approved ½ cent transportation sales tax measure. The proposed project is the fourth in a series of projects designed to increase capacity, improve operations and enhance safety on the northbound 57 Freeway in Orange County.

    The total estimated cost of construction is currently between $20 and $30 million, depending on which proposed improvements are ultimately approved. Currently, the project is only funded through the environmental study phase by OC Go, formerly Measure M, Orange County’s voter-approved ½ cent transportation sales tax measure.

    The proposed project is the third in a series of projects designed to increase capacity, improve operations and enhance safety on the northbound 57 Freeway.

    Project Schedule

    Proposed Northbound Improvements Under Evaluation

    • Extending the 5th general-purpose lane between Orangewood Avenue and Katella Avenue
    • Improving the Katella Avenue off-ramp by widening the bridge over the railroad tracks or constructing a new 2-lane bridge over the railroad tracks
    • Converting the Orangewood Avenue straight/slip on-ramp to a loop on-ramp

    About the Environmental Study

    This project is currently in the Project Approval/Environmental Document (PA/ED) phase, also known as the environmental study phase. During this phase, as mandated by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), an Initial Study and Environmental Assessment (IS/EA) environmental document will be prepared.

    At the heart of NEPA and CEQA is the public’s interest in the environment. In general, the purpose of the environmental study process is to identify a proposed project’s potential environmental effects and to develop measures to avoid, minimize and/or mitigate these effects as feasible. The study will evaluate potential environmental effects for proposed improvements of Build Alternative(s) and the No Build Alternative.  

    The Build Alternative(s) includes designed improvements that achieve primary objectives as defined in the purpose and need of the proposed project, are cost-effective, and maximize public benefits.  The No Build Alternative means no improvements would be made, and therefore analyzes the existing conditions along with what would be reasonably expected to occur if the project were not approved. Analysis of the No Build Alternative allows the public and project partners to assess the effects of the proposed project versus the effects of taking no action.

    Potential Environmental Effects

    The IS/EA will assess a wide range of topics including, but not limited to: air quality, community impacts, cultural resources, floodplain impacts, natural environment, noise, paleontological resources, relocation impacts, traffic, visual impacts, and water quality.

    Environmental Study Results

    The draft environmental document (IS/EA) containing the results of each technical study will be available for public review and comment during a public review period. During the public review period, a public open house will be held at a public facility along the project corridor with informational exhibits on display and project representatives available to respond to questions.

    The Final Environmental Document (ED) is anticipated to result in a Mitigated Negative Declaration/Finding of No Significant Impact (MND/FONSI), under CEQA and NEPA respectively. This means the project, as a whole, would not result in a significant impact.

    Learn more about the environmental study milestones shown in the graphic below and how to get involved in the environmental process:

    For more information on CEQA and NEPA, you may want to visit the following websites:

    1. http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/
    2. http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/more/faq.html
    3. http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/guidelines/
    4. http://www.epa.gov/compliance/nepa/

    Public Participation and Community Engagement

    At the heart of CEQA and NEPA is the public’s interest. And at the center of OC Go is a commitment to the taxpayer.

    Consistent with these public policy values, OCTA and Caltrans are implementing a public information and community engagement program that not only complies with, but exceeds public information mandates under CEQA and NEPA.

    Throughout the environmental study process, OCTA and Caltrans will sustain a multimedia public communications and community engagement program intended to generate project awareness, and promote and facilitate public participation and comment.

    In addition to the project webpage, the public outreach program will include:

    • Noticing and canvassing
    • Public open houses
    • Elected official briefings
    • Community presentations
    • Social media alerts and updates
    • Telephone helpline
    • Constituent services

    How to Be Involved

    The environmental study phase is an excellent opportunity to ask questions or provide your input about the proposed project. The SR-57 Northbound Improvement Project has designated project outreach staff who will help guide you through the process. To stay connected with milestone updates or receive invitations to community meetings, please sign up for the project email distribution list and follow the project on social media.

    Request a Group Presentation

    Civic and business organizations are invited to contact the project team to schedule a presentation about the proposed improvements, environmental study, or transportation issues and activities countywide. For questions, please contact Andrea Hammann, Community Relations Specialist, at ahammann@octa.net, or Fernando Chavarria, Manager of Project Outreach, at fchavarria@octa.net.

    Documents & Downloads

    October 25, 2018 Public Hearing (Open House Format)

    Presentation Boards
    Fact Sheet
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Newspaper Ad/Notice – English
    bNewspaper Ad/Notice – Spanish
    Supplementary Postcard – English & Spanish

    June 22, 2017 Open House Resources

    Exhibits
    Postcard Notice
    Flyer Notice
    Newspaper Ad – English
    Newspaper Ad – Spanish
    Meeting Guide

    CEQA and NEPA Resources

    http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/
    http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/more/faq.html
    http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/guidelines/
    http://www.epa.gov/compliance/nepa/

    Pictures

    Resources


    Overview

    Project Overview

    The Orange County Transportation Authority and Caltrans District 12, in partnership with the cities of Anaheim and Orange, have begun the Project Approval/Environmental Documentation (PA/ED) process for the proposed Northbound SR-57 Improvement Project from Orangewood Avenue to Katella Avenue.

    The PA/ED process, commonly referred to as the environmental review process, began in mid-2016 and is expected to be completed in late 2018. As part of this effort, OCTA and Caltrans are conducting preliminary engineering and an environmental study to assess the potential operational outcomes and potential environmental effects of extending the 5th regular (general-purpose) lane, as well as making ramp improvements between Orangewood Avenue and Katella Avenue, a 1-mile stretch adjacent to the cities of Anaheim and Orange.

    Public Hearing (Open House Format) – October 25, 2018

    On Thursday, October 25, 2018, OCTA and Caltrans will host a Public Hearing (Open House Format) from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Portola Middle School in the City of Orange. This meeting is open to the public.

    At the open house style meeting, members of the public will have an opportunity to: 1) learn about the potential project through a series of presentation stations; 2) discuss the potential project with members of the project’s technical team; 3) read a copy of the Draft Environmental Document (DED) and access technical studies online; and 4) submit public comments in writing, or verbally to a licensed court reporter.

    Consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the DED, as well as associated technical studies, will be available for public review for 30 days. The public review/circulation period starts on Thursday, October 11 and ends on Friday, November 9, 2018. The Draft Environmental Document, as well as associated technical studies, will be available online at http://www.dot.ca.gov/d12/DEA/57/0M970. Hard copies of the DED will be available at the following libraries:

    • City of Anaheim Pubic Library: 500 W. Broadway, Anaheim, CA 92805
    • City of Orange Public Library: 407 E. Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA  92866

    The Public Hearing (Open House Format) is open to the public, free of charge. Free, onsite parking will be available to attendees. Portola Middle School is accessible via OCTA Bus Routes 53, 53X, 54 and 453. Spanish-language translation will be available.

    For more information, contact Fernando Chavarria at (714) 560-5306 or by email at FChavarria@octa.net.

    The Project Purpose and Need

    The proposed project is needed to relieve congestion and improve operational deficiencies. Increased traffic volumes and limited capacity have caused poor operations along the northbound SR-57 mainline between Orangewood Avenue and Katella Avenue.

    The purpose of the proposed project is to improve both existing and future mobility. Improve mainline merge and diverge operations thereby enhancing safety for the traveling public. The proposed project is intended to achieve the following objectives.

    • Improve mainline mobility
    • Facilitate regional circulation and flow of goods and services via SR-57 through improvements in freeway operations
    • Improve lane continuity in the northbound direction of SR-57

    Project Funding

    The total estimated cost of construction is currently $47 - $51 million (current dollars), depending on which proposed improvements are ultimately approved. The Project Approval/Environmental Document process is funded by OC Go, formerly Measure M, Orange County’s voter-approved ½ cent transportation sales tax measure. The proposed project is the fourth in a series of projects designed to increase capacity, improve operations and enhance safety on the northbound 57 Freeway in Orange County.

    The total estimated cost of construction is currently between $20 and $30 million, depending on which proposed improvements are ultimately approved. Currently, the project is only funded through the environmental study phase by OC Go, formerly Measure M, Orange County’s voter-approved ½ cent transportation sales tax measure.

    The proposed project is the third in a series of projects designed to increase capacity, improve operations and enhance safety on the northbound 57 Freeway.

    Project Schedule

    Details

    Proposed Northbound Improvements Under Evaluation

    • Extending the 5th general-purpose lane between Orangewood Avenue and Katella Avenue
    • Improving the Katella Avenue off-ramp by widening the bridge over the railroad tracks or constructing a new 2-lane bridge over the railroad tracks
    • Converting the Orangewood Avenue straight/slip on-ramp to a loop on-ramp

    About the Environmental Study

    This project is currently in the Project Approval/Environmental Document (PA/ED) phase, also known as the environmental study phase. During this phase, as mandated by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), an Initial Study and Environmental Assessment (IS/EA) environmental document will be prepared.

    At the heart of NEPA and CEQA is the public’s interest in the environment. In general, the purpose of the environmental study process is to identify a proposed project’s potential environmental effects and to develop measures to avoid, minimize and/or mitigate these effects as feasible. The study will evaluate potential environmental effects for proposed improvements of Build Alternative(s) and the No Build Alternative.  

    The Build Alternative(s) includes designed improvements that achieve primary objectives as defined in the purpose and need of the proposed project, are cost-effective, and maximize public benefits.  The No Build Alternative means no improvements would be made, and therefore analyzes the existing conditions along with what would be reasonably expected to occur if the project were not approved. Analysis of the No Build Alternative allows the public and project partners to assess the effects of the proposed project versus the effects of taking no action.

    Potential Environmental Effects

    The IS/EA will assess a wide range of topics including, but not limited to: air quality, community impacts, cultural resources, floodplain impacts, natural environment, noise, paleontological resources, relocation impacts, traffic, visual impacts, and water quality.

    Environmental Study Results

    The draft environmental document (IS/EA) containing the results of each technical study will be available for public review and comment during a public review period. During the public review period, a public open house will be held at a public facility along the project corridor with informational exhibits on display and project representatives available to respond to questions.

    The Final Environmental Document (ED) is anticipated to result in a Mitigated Negative Declaration/Finding of No Significant Impact (MND/FONSI), under CEQA and NEPA respectively. This means the project, as a whole, would not result in a significant impact.

    Learn more about the environmental study milestones shown in the graphic below and how to get involved in the environmental process:

    For more information on CEQA and NEPA, you may want to visit the following websites:

    1. http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/
    2. http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/more/faq.html
    3. http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/guidelines/
    4. http://www.epa.gov/compliance/nepa/

    Public Participation and Community Engagement

    At the heart of CEQA and NEPA is the public’s interest. And at the center of OC Go is a commitment to the taxpayer.

    Consistent with these public policy values, OCTA and Caltrans are implementing a public information and community engagement program that not only complies with, but exceeds public information mandates under CEQA and NEPA.

    Throughout the environmental study process, OCTA and Caltrans will sustain a multimedia public communications and community engagement program intended to generate project awareness, and promote and facilitate public participation and comment.

    In addition to the project webpage, the public outreach program will include:

    • Noticing and canvassing
    • Public open houses
    • Elected official briefings
    • Community presentations
    • Social media alerts and updates
    • Telephone helpline
    • Constituent services

    How to Be Involved

    The environmental study phase is an excellent opportunity to ask questions or provide your input about the proposed project. The SR-57 Northbound Improvement Project has designated project outreach staff who will help guide you through the process. To stay connected with milestone updates or receive invitations to community meetings, please sign up for the project email distribution list and follow the project on social media.

    Request a Group Presentation

    Civic and business organizations are invited to contact the project team to schedule a presentation about the proposed improvements, environmental study, or transportation issues and activities countywide. For questions, please contact Andrea Hammann, Community Relations Specialist, at ahammann@octa.net, or Fernando Chavarria, Manager of Project Outreach, at fchavarria@octa.net.

    Resources

    Documents & Downloads

    October 25, 2018 Public Hearing (Open House Format)

    Presentation Boards
    Fact Sheet
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Newspaper Ad/Notice – English
    bNewspaper Ad/Notice – Spanish
    Supplementary Postcard – English & Spanish

    June 22, 2017 Open House Resources

    Exhibits
    Postcard Notice
    Flyer Notice
    Newspaper Ad – English
    Newspaper Ad – Spanish
    Meeting Guide

    CEQA and NEPA Resources

    http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/
    http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/more/faq.html
    http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/guidelines/
    http://www.epa.gov/compliance/nepa/

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    Documents

    Resources


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