The Foothill-Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency board, which oversees Orange County’s toll roads, unanimously approved a plan Thursday intended to provide relief for south county traffic that does not include an extension of the 241 Toll Road.
The agency’s board approved a three-pronged plan intended to ease rising traffic congestion on the San Diego (5) Freeway in south Orange County that does not include the toll road extension, which drew opposition initially from environmental groups and then from local officials who did not want a major roadway expansion through their cities.
The plan is to extend Los Patrones Parkway 4.1 miles from Cow Camp Road to Avenida La Pata in San Clemente and the Rancho Mission Viejo area.
A high-occupancy vehicle lane extension in each direction on Interstate 5 will be added between Avenida Pico and the San Diego County line and Ortega Highway will be widened between Calle Entradero in San Juan Capistrano to the city-county border.
The Orange County Transportation Authority and the Orange County Board of Supervisors next have to approve the plan.
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