Smoothing the drive on Warner Avenue and widening the La Paz bridge are among the projects across Orange County awarded funding this week by the Orange County Transportation Authority.
The agency is allocating more than $40 million this year to 11 improvement projects and six projects to synchronize signals to keep traffic flowing during rush hours.
The money comes from the half cent sales tax collected in Orange County for transportation projects. Cities will have to contribute money toward the projects as well.
There is also $6.8 million coming from the state in addition to the $8.9 million from the OCTA for the signal synchronization projects, which include:
- Orangethorpe Avenue: $3.6 million from OCTA
- Katella Avenue from I-605 in Los Alamitos to Jamboree Road in Orange: $1.5 million OCTA, $2.4 million state
- Main Street in Irvine: $1.2 million OCTA; $1.9 million state
- Los Alisos Boulevard in Mission Viejo: $685,000 OCTA, $1.1 million state
- Culver Drive/Bonita Canyon/Ford Drive from Jamboree Road in Newport Beach to Portola Parkway in Irvine: $1.1 million OCTA
- Garden Grove Boulevard in Garden Grove: $793,000 OCTA, $1.3 million state
More than 2,000 traffic signals have been synchronized in the county since 2011 using the sales tax revenue, commonly referred to as Measure M.
The road projects OCTA is allocating money toward were pitched by the cities and awarded competitively, agency spokesman Eric Carpenter said. The awards are made once a year. Orange County cities also get a set portion each year from the sales tax revenues.
The largest single allocation, $12.4 million, is going to a project to improve traffic flow on and off the 57 Freeway at Lambert Road in Brea. The city also recently announced it will get $65.7 million in state funding, which will pay for the bulk of widening and upgrading on- and off-ramps. Construction should begin next spring.
More than $13.8 million was awarded to three projects that will improve Warner Avenue from Main Street to Grand Avenue in Santa Ana.
Another $3.3 million was awarded to Mission Viejo for work on the La Paz bridge and to widen the road from Muirlands Boulevard to Chrisanta Drive.
Other project are:
- $375,000: Improve Yorba Linda Boulevard from La Palma Avenue to Santa Ana Canyon Road
- $327,000: Widen University Drive from Ridgeline Drive to the I-405 in Irvine
- $194,000: Improve Culver Drive and Alton Parkway intersection in Irvine
- $108,000: Widen Canyon Street at Serrano Avenue in Orange
- $54,000: Improve Harvard Avenue at Michelson Drive in Irvine
- $51,000: Widen Crown Valley Parkway westbound in Laguna Niguel