After four years in the making, Caltrans and the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) have completed the $297 million West County Connector Project, which will bring congestion relief where three major freeways (I-405, I-605 and SR-22) converge. The project will enhance safety by reducing the merging and weaving previously necessary to transition between carpool lanes and reduces travel times, getting motorists to their destinations sooner.
The six-mile project constructed the following improvements:
> Two new direct carpool connectors eliminating the need to exit and re-enter the carpool lanes when transitioning to adjacent freeways.
> A second carpool lane in each direction on I-405 between SR-22 and I-605.
> Reconstruction of six bridges to add an additional carpool lane.
This major connection between Orange and Los Angeles counties is the busiest section of freeway in the nation, with an average daily traffic volume as high as 370,000 vehicles and projections of 430,000 in 2035.
The connector is also an important truck route and an integral part of Southern California’s freeway network. Motorists traverse this section of highway for access to John Wayne Airport, Long Beach Municipal Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and the Port of Long Beach.
The press release announcing the project’s completion is here.
More info about the project is here.