September 23, 2013
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — CalTrans and Orange County Transportation officials are still trying to figure out how to improve traffic on the 405 freeway.
The conditions between Costa Mesa and the L.A. County Line, during
and outside of rush hour, are impacted, and are becoming worse. Even
carpool lanes are no exception to the bumper-to-bumper traffic that has
become associated with the freeway.
One of the options being considered to improve traffic flow includes the installation of toll lanes.
“I think that’s bogus,” one motorist said. “I don’t think it’s fair. I
think the freeway is one of the most common freeways in this area so
that wouldn’t be fair for everybody else.
CalTrans and Orange County Transportation officials are discussing
implementing H.O.T. (High Occupancy Toll) lanes. The possibility of two
toll lanes going each direction on the 405 has been discussed, though a
decision has not been made.
The toll lanes would run from from the 605 to the 73 in Costa Mesa.
Orange County Transportation Authority officials are also discussing
the issue of what to charge on the possible toll lanes. It has
reportedly been suggested that the charge of the toll lanes could be
five to six , depending on the time of day in relation to traffic.
A decision could reportedly be made by the end of 2013, with the beginning of construction taking place in 2015.
If approved, the construction is estimated to last “four or five” years.