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County's Irvine Avenue Widening Project Includes Temporary Traffic Control Measures for Driver Safety

For Immediate Release
Date: March 26, 2009

Contact: Debbie Kroner
Public Information Officer
714-834-5373

County’s Irvine Avenue Widening Project Includes Temporary Traffic Control Measures for Driver Safety

SANTA ANA, CA. -- Work continues on the County of Orange’s project to widen Irvine Avenue from Mesa Drive to S.E. Bristol Street in the City of Newport Beach. Drivers should avoid the below-referenced sections of Irvine Ave for the next three weeks due to construction to widen Irvine Avenue. The project will provide much needed additional capacity and safety to this roadway. During the temporary construction period, the County will provide for driver safety by implementing the following safety measures:

  • Monday, March 30 to Friday, April 3 – Traffic will be limited to one travel lane on northbound Irvine Avenue from Mesa Drive to S.E. Bristol Street. The southbound direction will have two travel lanes during this period.
  • Monday, April 6 to Friday, April 10 – Traffic will be limited to one travel lane on southbound Irvine Avenue from S.E. Bristol Street to Mesa Drive. The northbound direction will have two travel lanes during this period.

Starting April 13, two lanes will be open in each direction, but all left turn pockets will be closed.

Work will occur Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the lane restrictions will remain in place 24 hours a day.

The Irvine Avenue Widening Project consists of adding an additional through lane in each direction, widening a portion of Mesa Drive at its intersection with Irvine Avenue, and adding dedicated turn lanes at the Mesa Drive and Orchard Drive intersections. Other improvements include continuous sidewalks, drainage, striped bike lanes, bus turnouts and American with Disabilities Act compliant curb ramps and driveways. The county anticipates that the project will be completed by July 31, 2009.

The Orange County Public Works Department (OC Public Works) is responsible for the project. Questions about the project should be directed to Hamid Abedzadeh, senior resident engineer for OC Public Works, at (714) 567-7837 or Vince Mead, construction inspector for OC Public Works at 714-448-7746.