Caltrans Begins Environmental Review Phase of the South County Traffic Relief Effort


SANTA ANA – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in partnership with the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (F/ETCA), is initiating the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the South County Traffic Relief Effort. This begins with the public scoping process, which is to garner public input on the proposed project’s preliminary Purpose and Need and the current range of preliminary alternatives to be studied. Caltrans is the lead agency for the proposed project under the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

“As Caltrans and our local partners work together to find meaningful solutions to our mobility challenges in Orange County, public engagement and input are critical. With the beginning of the public scoping process, the public will have another opportunity to take part in developing solutions to improve mobility in South Orange County,” said Caltrans Orange County Director Ryan Chamberlain. “Community feedback will be an important element of our decision-making process as the proposed alternatives are studied in more detail.”  

The public will have 60 days (November 8 through January 8, 2020) to review and provide comments. Two meetings to provide opportunity for community engagement have been scheduled. These meetings will be held in an open house style format with no formal presentation, so attendees may arrive at any time during the event hours. The locations are as follows: 

  • November 20, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center located at 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692.
  • December 4, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Ocean Institute located at 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629.