City of Costa Mesa continues to oppose use of Measure M funds for 405 Freeway toll lanes
However, Caltrans officials recently proposed to add toll lanes to a 14-mile stretch of the San Diego Freeway in Orange County (from the Los Angeles County line to the 73 Freeway), ignoring opposition from Costa Mesa, seven neighboring cities along the 405 Corridor and the Orange County Transportation Authority.
The Caltrans plan would use approximately $1.3 billion in Measure M revenues to build the toll lanes. In 1990 and again in 2006, Orange County residents approved a half-percent county sales tax to fund local transportation improvements such as widening freeways, expanding bridges, building interchanges and improving intersections.
On Aug. 5, staff will ask the Costa Mesa City Council to pass a resolution confirming the city’s opposition to the use of Measure M funds in building toll lanes on the 405 Freeway without voter approval.