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    Transforming Beach Boulevard

    Overview

    A study to improve Beach Boulevard from La Habra to Huntington Beach was conducted by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the State of California Department of Transportation District 12 (Caltrans) and concluded in April 2020. The Beach Boulevard Corridor Study assessed existing conditions, forecasted projections of future growth, and developed solutions ranging from enhanced pedestrian, bicycle, and transit facilities to improved signal synchronization.

    OCTA and Caltrans worked closely with the corridor cities and the County of Orange throughout the study. Two phases of public outreach were also conducted to get the public’s feedback on the corridor’s existing conditions and specific improvements, collecting more than 2,350 surveys. Through this collaboration, a corridor vision for all modes of travel was developed and can now be advanced by Caltrans, the cities, and the County of Orange. Study results and all public feedback, which can be viewed here, have been shared with these agencies to aid in the development of future improvement projects.

    Your Voice Was Heard

    Thank you to all whom participated in the second 2019 survey and helped OCTA and Caltrans with our efforts to transform Beach Boulevard. Please view the survey results.

    Beach Boulevard Corridor Study Map

    1. What is the Beach Boulevard Corridor Study (Study)?

    The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and Caltrans assessed existing local conditions along Beach Boulevard and proposed alternative solutions to improve traffic congestion, transit options, safety, and other issues which challenge the successful growth of this busy corridor. The project was funded by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and other local sources.

    2. Where is the corridor?

    Beach Boulevard is the north-south portion of California State Route 39 (SR 39) which runs approximately 21 miles in length and spans nine corridor cities in Orange County. The Beach Boulevard Corridor Study limits are bound from Pacific Coast Highway to north of State Route 72 (Whittier Boulevard) in the City of La Habra and by approximately ½-mile to the east and west of Beach Boulevard.

    3. Why is the Study necessary?

    Since opening in 1934, Beach Boulevard has grown in use and diversity of uses along the corridor. The busy roadway also serves as a popular commuter route, which feeds into three, regional significant highways (Interstate 405, Interstate 5, State Route 91) as well as two locally significant thoroughfares (State Route 22 and State Route 72), encountering daily traffic volumes of 26,000 to 83,000 vehicles per day. The Study will be a first step to define a corridor-wide approach to use modern, best practices that address transit and traffic congestion issues and will serve as a planning guide for implementation by local jurisdictions.

    4. How will Caltrans, OCTA and the corridor cities use the results of the Study?

    OCTA and Caltrans created a plan that will guide local jurisdictions in crafting policy and implementing development that complements the Study goals for the corridor. Local jurisdictions will:

    • Become more informed on the physical characteristics and amenities, along the entire Beach Boulevard corridor,
    • Receive recommendations of uniform corridor themes and branding,
    • Be better equipped to enhance accessibility of pedestrian, bicycle, and transit infrastructure,
    • Be more equipped to improve connectivity between existing and planned transportation hubs, and
    • Use Study results to apply for funding for related projects within their city.

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    Overview

    Transforming Beach Boulevard

    Overview

    A study to improve Beach Boulevard from La Habra to Huntington Beach was conducted by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the State of California Department of Transportation District 12 (Caltrans) and concluded in April 2020. The Beach Boulevard Corridor Study assessed existing conditions, forecasted projections of future growth, and developed solutions ranging from enhanced pedestrian, bicycle, and transit facilities to improved signal synchronization.

    OCTA and Caltrans worked closely with the corridor cities and the County of Orange throughout the study. Two phases of public outreach were also conducted to get the public’s feedback on the corridor’s existing conditions and specific improvements, collecting more than 2,350 surveys. Through this collaboration, a corridor vision for all modes of travel was developed and can now be advanced by Caltrans, the cities, and the County of Orange. Study results and all public feedback, which can be viewed here, have been shared with these agencies to aid in the development of future improvement projects.

    Your Voice Was Heard

    Thank you to all whom participated in the second 2019 survey and helped OCTA and Caltrans with our efforts to transform Beach Boulevard. Please view the survey results.

    Beach Boulevard Corridor Study Map

    Background
    FAQ

    1. What is the Beach Boulevard Corridor Study (Study)?

    The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and Caltrans assessed existing local conditions along Beach Boulevard and proposed alternative solutions to improve traffic congestion, transit options, safety, and other issues which challenge the successful growth of this busy corridor. The project was funded by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and other local sources.

    2. Where is the corridor?

    Beach Boulevard is the north-south portion of California State Route 39 (SR 39) which runs approximately 21 miles in length and spans nine corridor cities in Orange County. The Beach Boulevard Corridor Study limits are bound from Pacific Coast Highway to north of State Route 72 (Whittier Boulevard) in the City of La Habra and by approximately ½-mile to the east and west of Beach Boulevard.

    3. Why is the Study necessary?

    Since opening in 1934, Beach Boulevard has grown in use and diversity of uses along the corridor. The busy roadway also serves as a popular commuter route, which feeds into three, regional significant highways (Interstate 405, Interstate 5, State Route 91) as well as two locally significant thoroughfares (State Route 22 and State Route 72), encountering daily traffic volumes of 26,000 to 83,000 vehicles per day. The Study will be a first step to define a corridor-wide approach to use modern, best practices that address transit and traffic congestion issues and will serve as a planning guide for implementation by local jurisdictions.

    4. How will Caltrans, OCTA and the corridor cities use the results of the Study?

    OCTA and Caltrans created a plan that will guide local jurisdictions in crafting policy and implementing development that complements the Study goals for the corridor. Local jurisdictions will:

    • Become more informed on the physical characteristics and amenities, along the entire Beach Boulevard corridor,
    • Receive recommendations of uniform corridor themes and branding,
    • Be better equipped to enhance accessibility of pedestrian, bicycle, and transit infrastructure,
    • Be more equipped to improve connectivity between existing and planned transportation hubs, and
    • Use Study results to apply for funding for related projects within their city.
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