Commission to recommend full funding for I-5 widening

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Officials from the California Transportation Commission now plan to recommend full funding for the widening of the I-5 Freeway between the Orange County border and the 605 Freeway. Last week the Commission said it would only advise that half of the $387 million still needed for the $1.2 billion project be allocated, causing an uproar from various agencies and cities involved. The money will come from a transportation bond passed by voters in November that directed $4.7 billion for highway improvements throughout California. Officials in La Mirada, Santa Fe Springs and Norwalk have been pushing for years to widen the Santa Ana (5) Freeway from six to 10 lanes between Buena Park and the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway. One of the lanes on each side will be a carpool lane. Sixteen years ago those city leaders formed the I-5 Joint Powers Authority to find the funding for the project. So far they’ve acquired $800 million, but in order to extend the widening all the way to the 605, officials said they need an additional $387 million. As both a representative from the group and city manager of Santa Fe Springs, Fred Latham said now the project can finally go forward. “I’ve very pleased,” Latham said. “It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride. We were led to believe that they were going to recommend full funding a couple of months ago, then last week they said they’d only give half. Now I’m pleased again.”last_img

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