Costa Mesa City Council doesn’t like proposed 405 expansion toll lane

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A 405 Freeway ramp in Costa Mesa.

A plan to expand a portion of the 405 in Orange County is getting a mixed reception so far. Costa Mesa has already taken a stand against one possible construction scenario.

Caltrans and the Orange County Transportation Authority want to widen the 405 Freeway between the 73 toll road and the 605 Freeway.

That stretch of the 405 is one of the most congested in the country.

The agencies are proposing several options: adding one or two general purpose lanes in each direction, adding one general purpose lane and one toll lane in each direction or doing nothing.

The Costa Mesa City Council passed a resolution against the option that includes the toll lanes. It’s concerned about construction noise and a bridge that would be demolished. Costa Mesa supports the idea of adding general purpose lanes.

Ted Nguyen with the transportation agency says the public comment period has now been extended to July 17.

“We wanted to provide a maximum amount of opportunities for the public to provide their feedback with us," Nguyen said.

He says comments can be sent to Caltrans.

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