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FV Businesses Suffer From Bridge Closure

FV Businesses Suffer From Bridge Closure

The I-405 Improvement Project has shut down Magnolia Street bridge and Edinger Avenue bridge since early 2018. Affected businesses in Fountain Valley are hoping to ride out the traffic drought to 2023. The projection plan expects opening the bridges in 2023 but has an open extension for completion.

Bridge closures mean a loss of vehicle and foot traffic for surrounding businesses. Fountain Valley’s long-standing brick and mortars that contribute to the local economy and community are suffering from a loss of customers. What used to be the businesses busiest hours are now dead-zones due to the blocked roads and lack of access. Don’t forget about your neighborhood shops. Fountain Valley local businesses need you!

The reconstruction of the Magnolia Street bridge is planned to take about 18 months. Edinger Avenue bridge is planned to open Spring of 2019. Businesses are trying everything they can to ensure they last through the construction.

Planned work will increase the number of traffic lanes from four to six and add bike lanes and sidewalks in both directions. During the closure, northbound drivers will be detoured off the freeway at Warner and southbound drivers will have to exit at Beach, according to the Orange County Transportation Authority.

The bridges are two of more than 18 that will be replaced, enlarged or built as part of a $1.9-billion project to widen the 405 between the 73 Freeway in Costa Mesa and the 605 Freeway.

Once the project is completed in 2023, the 16-mile stretch will have an additional general-purpose lane and a new “express” toll lane going north and south, according to the OCTA. The existing carpool lane in each direction will be converted to an express lane.

Currently, the San Diego Freeway (I-405) is one of the most congested freeways in Orange County, carrying more than 300,000 vehicle trips in some sections each day. By 2040, traffic volumes on the I-405 are expected to increase significantly. The I-405 Improvement Project will improve traffic, allow for increased usage amounts and enhance road safety to meet state and federal standards.

For information on detours, closures, construction activities, freeway closures, and bridge demolitions please visit www.octa.net/405improvement or contact the 405 Community Outreach Team at (888) 400-8994 or 405project@octa.net.

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FV Businesses Suffer From Bridge Closure

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