OC officials vote to expand 405 without toll lanes

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Updated: 12/09/2013 9:30 pm

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — The Orange County Transportation Authority has voted to abandon a plan to replace carpool lanes on Interstate 405 paid express lanes.

The officials instead voted Monday to move forward with a $1.3 billion to add a single regular lane along an 11-mile stretch in each direction of the freeway. Construction on the lanes is scheduled to begin in 2015 and be completed by 2020.

An alternative proposal would have added two high-occupancy toll lanes for a 14-mile stretch.

That option had brought months of heated debate, and was denounced by a group of legislators and local representatives before the meeting.


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