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Nov. 25, 2015
Joel Zlotnik (714) 560-5713
Eric Carpenter (714) 560-5697

Milestones Ahead in December for O.C. Bridges Projects

Traffic is scheduled to be rerouted to the new bridge along Tustin Avenue/Rose Drive, while access from Chapman Avenue to eastbound Orangethorpe is set to resume

ORANGE – Two major milestones in the O.C. Bridges program are expected to be reached in December, making the drive easier for residents during the busy holiday season.

The first milestone is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, when drivers, for the first time, will be able to use the new Tustin/Rose bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks below. Initially, two lanes in each direction will be open to drivers and access will be limited to eastbound Orangethorpe Avenue as work continues.

The second milestone is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 14, when Chapman Avenue will reopen where it connects with Orangethorpe Avenue, allowing drivers to access and travel east on Orangethorpe underneath the new Tustin/Rose bridge.

Both the Tustin/Rose bridge and the Orangethorpe bridge are expected to be completed and fully open to traffic by spring 2016.

In preparation for the openings, Orangethorpe Avenue just west of Tustin Avenue/Rose Drive will close beginning Monday, Nov. 30. During this time, access to local neighborhoods, including Las Palmas Estates and Belle Vista will be available using alternate routes.

The Tustin/Rose and Orangethorpe bridges, at the border of Anaheim and Placentia, are two of seven projects in the Orange County Transportation Authority’s O.C. Bridges program. This is an effort to separate car and pedestrian traffic from the busy rail line, enhancing safety and improving commute times by eliminating the need for drivers to wait at rail crossings.

Up to 70 trains travel through the area daily – a number expected to increase to nearly 130 trains each day by 2030.

Each of the O.C. Bridges projects is being funded in part by Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, and by state and federal funds.

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