The 405 Freeway in Orange County. Photo: Flickr

Orange County Transportation Authority board members have approved a $1.2 billion budget that includes funding for the expansion of the San Diego (405) Freeway between state Route 73 and the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway.

The widening will include toll lanes, a first for that freeway in Orange County. Work on the project is expected to begin in November and be completed by 2022, according to the authority’s Eric Carpenter.

The agency also Monday budgeted for improvements to the San Diego (5) Freeway in San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente and Dana Point. That $230 million project adds six miles of carpool lanes in each direction, Carpenter said.

The budget also includes funding for the Orange County Streetcar project between Santa Ana and Garden Grove. The $299 million project, which has funding included in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, is expected to begin this year.

The OCTA board members earmarked $156 million for streets and road improvements.

The board budgeted $349 million for buses, $170 million for freeway improvements, $156 million for street and road repairs and $10.6 million for environmental programs.

–City News Service

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