Garden Grove motorists traveling this summer on the San Diego (45) Freeway or Garden Grove (22) Freeway may see some delays in their weekend commute.
The Garden Grove City Council on Tuesdays heard a presentation from the Orange County Transportation Authority regarding the West County Connectors Project and the surrounding freeway closures.
Sarah King, the senior community relations specialist of OCTA, updated the council of the progress of the project, which is constructing high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes/carpool lanes connectors between the 405 and 22.
“It’s a quite comprehensive and complex project,” King said during her presentation.
The project’s east segment will directly connect the westbound 22 carpool lane at Valley View Street to the carpool lane on the northbound 405, King said. Also, there will be reconstruction on the southbound 405 to eastbound 22 connector and the Valley View Street Bridge over the freeway.
King said that OCTA offers several means to stay connected about the project, including a web site with project updates and detour routes and a Twitter feed with up-to-date information.
Because of the construction, a full and partial freeway closures must be conducted. There will be a 55-hour partial freeway closure on the 22, as vehicles will be redirected through detours.
There will also be full freeway closure of the 405 along one segment of the area for 20 hours to fully demolish the existing connector safely.
Closures will be conducted only on weekend days this summer.
During the successor agency at the city council meeting, a resolution adopting a long range property management plan was approved 5-0.
The plan approved allows the city to continue with several future projects that were currently planned by the redevelopment agency until the state terminated all redevelopment agencies.
Some of the project that the city can continue to pursue includes a planned water park-hotel and another hotel project on Harbor Boulevard.
The city council also approved an ordinance amending the probationary period for the city’s firefighters and police officers. Firefighters will now have full year probationary period, while police officers will have an 18-month probationary period.
The city council also approved a resolution, 5-0, to remove a crosswalk at the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Trask Avenue.
Bill Murray, the city’s director of public works, said the crosswalk is seldom used and causes a traffic concern for travelers attempting to connect to the SR-22.
Councilwoman Dina Nguyen said that crosswalk also posed a safety concern.
The Garden Grove Downtown Business Association was also recognized by the council during the meeting.