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  • South County Traffic Relief Effort Project Formally Concludes

    South County Traffic Relief Effort Project Formally Concludes
    Los Patrones Parkway Extension identified for further study
    IRVINE, CA (June 9, 2020) – On June 3, staff provided the Foothill/Eastern Transportation
    Corridor Agency (F/ETCA) Board of Directors with a 120-day update on the conclusion of the
    South County Traffic Relief Effort (SCTRE) project per the Board’s March 12 decision that
    directed staff to collaborate with regional partners to study the advancement of an untolled
    extension of Los Patrones Parkway (Alternative 22) for further consideration as an alternative that
    could provide significant traffic relief with minimal environmental and community impacts.
    Since then, staff has collaborated with regional partners to transition the further study of the Los
    Patrones Parkway Extension Project to the County of Orange. Additionally, staff has coordinated
    with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to:
    • Notify public, local, state and federal agencies that the SCTRE project will not be
    • Withdraw the Notice of Preparation for the Environmental Impact Report posted at the
    State Clearinghouse
    • Rescind the Notice of Intent for the Environmental Impact Study posted in the Federal
    • Remove the project website (SCTRE.org) by the end of June
    Completion of these activities formally concludes the SCTRE project and, as such, there will be
    no further pending updates to the Board.
    The F/ECTA will continue to support and coordinate with the County and other regional partners
    to advance the untolled Los Patrones Parkway Extension project, as well as with the Orange
    County Transportation Authority and Caltrans to advance the I-5 HOV extension project and the
    Ortega Highway widening project in San Juan Capistrano.

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