Millions Headed To Alleviate O.C. Traffic


April 10, 2017


Joel Zlotnik (714) 560-5713

Eric Carpenter (714) 560-5697


OCTA board allocates nearly $35 million for road improvements in 9 cities and the county

ORANGE – Cities throughout Orange County will receive nearly $35 million to help ease traffic through Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.

The Orange County Transportation Authority board today awarded funding for 13 projects to improve and widen busy streets and intersections. Five additional projects will receive funding to synchronize traffic signals to ensure drivers hit the most green lights during rush hours.

“Improving local streets and roads is a cornerstone of the Measure M half-cent sales tax funding program,” said OCTA Chairman Michael Hennessey. “These projects, reaching into every part of the county, will bring significant benefit to our residents, businesses and visitors.”

A call for projects was issued by OCTA in August 2016 through the Comprehensive Transportation Funding Program, making funding available for improving congested streets and to synchronize traffic signals. Project applications were reviewed for eligibility, consistency and adherence to Measure M guidelines.

Along with the county, the cities receiving project funds are Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Orange, San Clemente and Santa Ana.

Regional capacity projects include:

  • Lincoln Avenue from East Street to Evergreen Street in Anaheim
  • University/Ridgeline Intersection Improvements in Irvine
  • Warner Avenue Improvements from Main Street to Orange Avenue in Santa Ana

Signal synchronization projects include:

  • Bear Street in Costa Mesa
  • Gilbert Street/Idaho Street in Fullerton
  • Olympiad Road/Felipe Road in Mission Viejo

The complete list of projects that received funding is attached.


  • David Zenger

    Hey Joel, how did that Measure M2 ARTIC thing work out for you guys? It’s killing us here in Anaheim.

  • LFOldTimer

    What projects specifically?

    Between 7:30/9:30 am and 4:00/6:30 pm both the I-5 and I-405 through OC look like parking lots. The only possible way you’d fix that is by building a couple new freeways or expanding the existing freeways by 3 lanes – which is about as likely as Diane Feinstein running the 100 meter dash in 10 seconds flat.

    What’s the REAL plan? Using Measure M money to allow early retirements for the public pension hogs so there won’t be as many government workers clogging up the roads in the morning and evening? Oh, I forgot. Most government workers leave work (I use that term lightly) by 3 pm so evenings are inapplicable. My bad. 🙂

    • David Zenger

      Measure M money is doled out by OCTA to hungry little small fry municipal engineering departments. Sort of like a dealer peddles smack to his clients to get them hooked. The result is very often brainless street widenings that take property and do very little to solve anything in the long run.

      And it would be interesting for OCTA to report on how much of M dough is skimmed off the top – by all the agencies involved for “administration.” Maybe Joel can issue a PR to that effect.

      • LFOldTimer

        Much of the new SB1 tax revenue (likely the lion’s share) will go for “administrative costs”, ie salaries and pensions, and will not do anything to relieve traffic congestion. It will also be used for the stupid-a*s train which is a gift to the construction contractors in return for political bribes.