IRVINE, Calif. - October 10, 2019
In a major milestone for TCA, the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agencies Board approved a “path forward” that is the first step in constructing a tolled connector between the 241 Toll Road and the 91 Express Lanes. This accomplishment is in partnership with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).
The Term Sheet sets the stage for much-needed traffic relief as soon as possible, while ensuring the project integrates smoothly – and supports – other projects planned in both Orange and Riverside counties. The Term Sheet is scheduled to be considered by the OCTA board later this month and the RCTC board will consider the item in November. Caltrans District 12 in Orange County and District 8 in Riverside County have agreed to the path forward for the project.
Pending OCTA and RCTC board approvals, this lays the groundwork for investing approximately $600 million in near-term traffic relief solutions, including:
Spelled out in the term sheet, TCA will complete the environmental and final design phases of the project and will fund the 241/91 Express Connector construction, TCA will utilize Caltrans to administer the construction of the project, and OCTA/RCTC will operate the connector toll point to integrate it with the 91 Express Lanes system. Construction of the tolled connector would begin in early 2023 and take approximately two years.
At the F/ETCA and SJHTCA board meeting, both boards voted to approve two contracts needed for toll operations.