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    ABOUT THE I-5/EL ROAD INTERCHANGE PROJECT

    As mandated by voter-approved OC Go!, formerly known as Measure M, OCTA and Caltrans District 12 are studying potential build alternatives to improve the Interstate 5 (I-5)/El Toro Road Interchange.

    The project is currently in the Project Approval and Environmental Document (PA/ED) process, commonly known as the environmental review and preliminary engineering process. In general, the purpose of this study effort is to evaluate ways to:

    • Improve traffic flow, optimize traffic signalization;
    • Reduce queuing at freeway on- and off-ramps;
    • Reduce congestion at and through local street intersections adjacent to the I-5 / El Toro Road Interchange within neighboring cities.

    As part of the ongoing processes, a draft Initial Study (IS) and Environmental Assessment (EA), with proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) has been prepared and was circulated for public review and comment from Tuesday, April 2, 2019 to Monday, May 20, 2019.

    This draft document can be accessed online at http://dot.ca.gov/d12/DEA/5/0M980

    PUBLIC HEARING IN AN OPEN HOUSE FORMAT

    On Thursday, April 18, 2019, OCTA and Caltrans hosted a public hearing in an open house format to discuss the proposed project and the ongoing environmental review and preliminary engineering process.

    The public hearing in an open house format took place from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. at on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the:

    Holiday Inn
    23131 Lake Center Drive
    Lake Forest, CA 92630

    This was a no-cost, public hearing in an open house format, open to all members of the public. Parking was free and the meeting location was accessible by bus and to individuals with a disability.

    During the open house, attendees met the project team and visited information stations. Information stations focused on the project background, potential build alternatives, the project timeline. Subject matter experts were also on hand to answer any questions. Members of the public were able to make comments in writing or verbally to a licensed court reporter.

    As part of its public outreach program, OCTA and Caltrans advertised the public meeting in local papers, direct mailing postcards to the immediate surrounding area and communicating meeting details via other platforms, including community-based television platforms, this webpage and social media.

    Note: In July 2018, Caltrans and OCTA hosted a non-mandated pubic information meeting at Laguna Woods City Hall. Presentation boards from that meeting are available on this webpage under the resources tab.

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    Schedule

    The environmental phase started in May 2017 and is anticipated to be completed in late 2021. While subject to change, the Final Environmental Document (FED) may be released in late 2021. Currently, OCTA, Caltrans and city staff are undertaking a technical study process.

    OC Go

    This project is included in the Capital Action Plan and is part of Project D in the Measure M2 (now called OC Go) freeway program.

    Resources

    Presentation Boards

    Mailers

    Official Newspaper Notice (published in Orange County Register, Saddleback Valley News, Laguna Wood Globe and Excelsior)

    Draft Environmental Document

    Fact Sheet

    Presentation Boards

    CEQA and NEPA Resources

    Resources


    Overview

    ABOUT THE I-5/EL ROAD INTERCHANGE PROJECT

    As mandated by voter-approved OC Go!, formerly known as Measure M, OCTA and Caltrans District 12 are studying potential build alternatives to improve the Interstate 5 (I-5)/El Toro Road Interchange.

    The project is currently in the Project Approval and Environmental Document (PA/ED) process, commonly known as the environmental review and preliminary engineering process. In general, the purpose of this study effort is to evaluate ways to:

    • Improve traffic flow, optimize traffic signalization;
    • Reduce queuing at freeway on- and off-ramps;
    • Reduce congestion at and through local street intersections adjacent to the I-5 / El Toro Road Interchange within neighboring cities.

    As part of the ongoing processes, a draft Initial Study (IS) and Environmental Assessment (EA), with proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) has been prepared and was circulated for public review and comment from Tuesday, April 2, 2019 to Monday, May 20, 2019.

    This draft document can be accessed online at http://dot.ca.gov/d12/DEA/5/0M980

    PUBLIC HEARING IN AN OPEN HOUSE FORMAT

    On Thursday, April 18, 2019, OCTA and Caltrans hosted a public hearing in an open house format to discuss the proposed project and the ongoing environmental review and preliminary engineering process.

    The public hearing in an open house format took place from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. at on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the:

    Holiday Inn
    23131 Lake Center Drive
    Lake Forest, CA 92630

    This was a no-cost, public hearing in an open house format, open to all members of the public. Parking was free and the meeting location was accessible by bus and to individuals with a disability.

    During the open house, attendees met the project team and visited information stations. Information stations focused on the project background, potential build alternatives, the project timeline. Subject matter experts were also on hand to answer any questions. Members of the public were able to make comments in writing or verbally to a licensed court reporter.

    As part of its public outreach program, OCTA and Caltrans advertised the public meeting in local papers, direct mailing postcards to the immediate surrounding area and communicating meeting details via other platforms, including community-based television platforms, this webpage and social media.

    Note: In July 2018, Caltrans and OCTA hosted a non-mandated pubic information meeting at Laguna Woods City Hall. Presentation boards from that meeting are available on this webpage under the resources tab.

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    Details

    Schedule

    The environmental phase started in May 2017 and is anticipated to be completed in late 2021. While subject to change, the Final Environmental Document (FED) may be released in late 2021. Currently, OCTA, Caltrans and city staff are undertaking a technical study process.

    OC Go

    This project is included in the Capital Action Plan and is part of Project D in the Measure M2 (now called OC Go) freeway program.

    Resources

    Resources

    Presentation Boards

    Mailers

    Official Newspaper Notice (published in Orange County Register, Saddleback Valley News, Laguna Wood Globe and Excelsior)

    Draft Environmental Document

    Fact Sheet

    Presentation Boards

    CEQA and NEPA Resources

    Documents

    Resources


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