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More Information About the I-5 Widening Process Between SR-73 and El Toro Road

Coincident with our publication of this article yesterday, OCTA has sent us an informational press release about the I-5 Widening Project between 73 and El Toro.  Full press release is reprinted below:

I-5 Upgrade Plans In South O.C. Ready For Review

         Comments are now being accepted on the environmental documentsand a public hearing is slated for Sept. 25

ORANGE – Residents, commuters and others interested in traffic in south Orange County are invited to review and comment on plans to upgrade the San Diego Freeway (I-5) between the San Joaquin Hills Toll Road (SR-73) and El Toro Road.

Caltrans, in partnership with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), released a report Friday that assesses how the proposed project will affect the environment. Called the initial study / environmental assessment, the report shows the project will not have significant negative effects on the quality of the environment.

The report is available for review and comment at various Orange County Public Library branches in south Orange County and online at

A public hearing for the community to review, ask questions and provide comments on the project is planned from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday Sept. 25 at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center at 24932 Veterans Way in Mission Viejo.

The proposed project would cost approximately $500 million, funded through Measure M, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, as well as federal dollars.

The proposed improvements will increase capacity and improve operations on I-5 and include reconstructing interchanges that will enhance traffic flow La Paz Road and Avery Parkway.

Comments on the environmental report may be submitted by mail to Gabriela Jauregui, Caltrans District 12 at 3347 Michelson Dr., Suite 100, Irvine CA, 92612-8894 or by e-mail at

For more information, visit

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